Museum's success in Cornwall Heritage Awards

posted Mar 29, 2018, 1:39 PM by Keith Southgate

Lostwithiel Museum has been celebrating success at the first Cornwall Heritage Awards ceremony held at Scorrier House in Redruth on 20th March. The museum won the Judge's Special Award for the best overall contributions that merited 'Additional Commendation.'

We entered 4 projects in 3 categories, 3 of which were shortlisted & each awarded Highly Commended.  The shortlisted projects were:

  • The Sponsored Window Displays & the Photographic / Calendar Competition in the Innovation category,
  •  The Children's Trail in the Family Friendly category.
 Not only did the museum receive the accolade of winning the Judge's Special Award but also a cash prize from the Heritage Lottery Fund for £500 plus £200 for the Highly Commended projects to help support future developments.

The prestigious Awards were organised by South West Museum Development in collaboration with Cornwall Museums Partnership. It was a tough competition & the standard was very high. For Lostwithiel Museum to have this recognition is very special & congratulations must go to everyone who helped to make this happen.

Museum Chairman Christine Walton at front centre of photograph clutching our three awards


posted Mar 5, 2018, 2:00 AM by Lostwithiel Museum   [ updated Mar 5, 2018, 2:01 AM ]

 We hope you have enjoyed the Valentines Window Display & the history behind what is often regarded today as merely a commercial event. We very much appreciate the support the museum has received from Asquith's Restaurant which sponsored the Valentine's window display.

With the arrival of the Man Engine in Lostwithiel on Easter Monday, 2nd April, Deborah has created yet another amazing window display to tie in with the theme of mining. Those of you who were here in 2016 will remember the spectacular Man Engine mechanical puppet & its epic journey to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of UNESCO World Heritage status. An appreciative thank you to  Iteracy and Harmony Cottages for sponsoring the Mining Window Display.


posted Mar 5, 2018, 1:56 AM by Lostwithiel Museum   [ updated Mar 5, 2018, 1:56 AM ]

  Following unsatisfactory repairs to the Guildhall, access to the museum archives / office is increasingly difficult to obtain via the Town Council. The museum committee / trustees are very seriously concerned about the potential detrimental effect this is having on the state of the items in the archive store.

These items are part of Lostwithiel's rich heritage, items that if left to deteriorate through lack of due care & attention can never be replaced.

 We are their custodians & that is a massive responsibility. This is a very serious matter that needs to be brought to your attention. If you care about this please contact us via email : info<at> [or write to us at 16 Fore St, Lostwithiel PL22 OBW]


posted Mar 5, 2018, 1:52 AM by Lostwithiel Museum   [ updated Mar 5, 2018, 1:53 AM ]

 A warm welcome to Caroline Surgey who recently joined the museum team as our new Steward's Co-ordinator. Caroline has a wealth of experience of working with volunteers in East Sussex. We wish Caroline & her family many happy years living here in Lostwithiel.

Caroline is in the process of contacting our existing regular & occasional stewards to check on availability & organise rotas for the forthcoming season which starts on Mon 26th March. The process of revising the Steward's Handbook is almost complete. As a result of our Volunteer Campaign there will be some new faces at our Steward's Get-together in the Community Centre Cafe at 10.30am on Fri 16th March. This social gathering will provide a valuable opportunity to meet Caroline & her team of stewards over coffee & cake. Many thanks to Simon & his team at the re-vamped Community Centre Cafe for accommodating us.


posted Mar 5, 2018, 1:49 AM by Lostwithiel Museum   [ updated Mar 5, 2018, 1:49 AM ]

 A warm welcome to Shelley & Geoff Barratt who have joined Kitty's team of Walks Guides. We wish Shelley & Geoff many happy years living in their new Lostwithiel home. Thank you to Karen, the Community Centre Manager, for including details about the guided walks on their Facebook page.

 The regular weekly walks will re-start at 11.00am on Mon 9th April from outside the Community Centre. It's not too late to book a 'special group walk' outside of this set time by contacting Kitty Chanter-Menendez on : 01208 873341. We hope that Kitty & her team of guides: Mary Jones, John Pegg, Dereck Hines, Shelley & Geoff Barratt, have a very successful season.


posted Mar 3, 2018, 1:35 PM by Lostwithiel Museum   [ updated Mar 3, 2018, 1:48 PM ]

Our campaign to attract more volunteers to the museum is well underway. For those of you who haven't yet seen our leaflet or 
bright yellow poster, we are looking for:-
  • Guides to conduct Town Walks
  • Help with fundraising, membership, various projects & 'one off ' events.
  • Museum Stewards to welcome & help visitors
All our volunteers are automatically members of the Lostwithiel Museum Association so will receive free copies of the Museum Matters
 in-house magazine, & be entitled to a complimentary Guided Heritage Town Walk. As a volunteer at
the museum you will be working with a committed team, meeting people,taking part & being involved whilst sharing & developing your
existing skills & knowledge. No matter how little time you might have to spare we can tailor a role to suit you.
If you are interested please get in touch with the museum using addresses on our contact page.

Report from our 47th AGM

posted Dec 10, 2017, 10:40 AM by Lostwithiel Museum   [ updated Dec 10, 2017, 10:51 AM ]

Our Chairman, Christine Walton writes:-
"Many thanks to those who attended the 47th Lostwithiel Museum Association's [LMA] AGM on the 17th November..Only another 3 years until we celebrate our 50th Anniversary ! 

The newly elected committee comprises : 

Christine Walton [Chairman]
John Smith [Treasurer]
Helen Rogers [Secretary]
Amanda Davidge [Curator]
Deborah Clough [Window Display Co-ordinator]
Peter Best [Publications & Membership Co-ordinator]
Tremar Menendez [Advisor]
Maggie Lancaster [ committee member].
We welcome John Smith who has taken over as Treasurer from David Harris who resigned after 3 years in the role. Our sincere thanks to David for his valued contribution.
Special thanks to Maggie Lancaster who has resigned from her position as Steward's Co-ordinator, a role she has ably conducted for the past 2 years.
We are delighted that Maggie is staying on as a museum steward & committee member.
As no nominations were received in time for the AGM the role of Steward's Co-ordinator remains vacant. We look forward to working with Tremar Menendez in his new role as Museum Advisor.
Key roles outside the formal committee structure are as follows :
Kitty Chanter-Menendez [Town Heritage Walks Co-ordinator] with support from Mary Jones,John Pegg & Derrek Hines
Keith Southgate [Webmaster] Graham Rowe [Photographic Digitisation Project Co-ordinator] Celia Robbins [Oral History Proj Recorder] Peter Leeson-Smith [MODES electronic cataloguing asst] Ian Gillett [Publications / Publicity] Gill Parsons [Family History Researcher]. In addition, Paul Sweet [Accounts Auditor], Bryony Robins [Museum Development Officer], Dr Joanna Mattingly [Museum Mentor],
Helena Jaeske [Museum Conservation], Jo Moore [Curator Wheal
Martyn Museum] were all thanked for their well-respected professional contributions. Thanks also to:
Julia Parfitt for maintaining the plant trough display outside the museum Debenie Morse & the Lostwithiel Business Group for helping to highlight museum news & views via
the Lostwithiel newsletter Roy at Palace Printers Lesley & Richard Bowers [Jazz Cafe] for donating funds for the new Donations Box & Man Engine postcards Ian Gillett [Mayor's Fund] for contributing towards computer software update and his contributors to Museum Matters [in-house magazine] Museum members Museum Stewards without whom we couldn't open to visitors.
Finally, my thanks & appreciation to the Trustees & Committee members who put in so much effort & give their time so generously. Without the collective efforts of everyone involved nothing would be achieved & the museum would simply cease to exist."


posted Oct 9, 2017, 1:42 PM by Lostwithiel Museum   [ updated Oct 9, 2017, 1:42 PM ]

 Our 2017 AGM will be held in the Church Rooms at 7.00pm on Wednesday 15th November.  All volunteers, museum members & interested parties are most
welcome to attend.


posted Oct 9, 2017, 1:39 PM by Lostwithiel Museum   [ updated Oct 9, 2017, 1:40 PM ]

 Museum Matters [MM], the 2nd issue of our in-house magazine will, by the time you read this, be in the process of being circulated. Our sincere apologies for the delay caused by production problems. Our thanks to Ian Gillett, Paul Sweet & Palace Printers for their help with production & delivery. Members of the museum automatically receive a free copy of MM. Additional copies can be bought for £2.00 from the museum, Stick [Queen St], Watts Trading & Penhaligans [Fore St]. We are now looking for contributions for the next issue so if you think you might have an idea to offer please contact Peter Best on 01208 872303.


posted Oct 9, 2017, 1:35 PM by Lostwithiel Museum   [ updated Oct 9, 2017, 1:40 PM ]

 With thanks to Lesley & Richard Bowers & the Lostwithiel Jazz Cafe, we now have  postcards on sale which feature the biggest mechanical Man Engine when it visited Lostwithiel in July 2016 as part of the Devon & Cornwall celebration of mining heritage.

The Man Engine was recently voted the UK's Best Arts Project in the annual search for the National Lottery-funded good causes. In spring 2018 the Man Engine will be visiting other heritage mining communities in England & Wales.

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