posted Aug 3, 2018, 1:56 PM by Keith Southgate   [ updated Aug 3, 2018, 1:57 PM ]

With time to spare during the long summer break a visit to your local museum is a definite 'must do' option & FREE admission ! Come and meet our miniature characters by taking part in our Heritage Award Winning Children's Trail, specially designed to help our younger visitors explore the museum in a fun way. We look forward to welcoming you to the museum very soon.


posted Aug 3, 2018, 1:48 PM by Keith Southgate   [ updated Aug 3, 2018, 1:49 PM ]

 Next time you visit the museum you will see that the Steward's area is undergoing a much-needed makeover. Stage 1 of this process involves a bespoke desk area which is much more stylish & functional. The volunteer Stewards do such a splendid job in helping our visitors & deserve to have a much more attractive & comfortable base. Our thanks to Chris Mansfield [TBM & son] for executing a very professional piece of work. Look out for Stage 2 !


posted Aug 3, 2018, 1:36 PM by Keith Southgate   [ updated Aug 3, 2018, 1:37 PM ]

The 4th issue of Museum Matters is at the final proof-reading stage so will soon be in circulation. Members of the Lostwithiel Museum Association and museum volunteers will automatically receive a copy.Additional copies will be available for £2 from the museum, Stick in Queens St, Watts Trading & Choughs in Fore St.

Issue 4 includes articles about the Cornwall Heritage Awards, The Restormel Royal Iron Mine, Lostwithiel Pottery [part 2], Skelton's 'Reversible' Plough, Henry John Daniel [Cornish Poet], and  an Introduction to Bees. We are always on the lookout for contributions to the magazine so if you have an idea for a future issue then please contact Peter Best on 01208 872303


posted Aug 3, 2018, 1:32 PM by Keith Southgate   [ updated Aug 3, 2018, 1:33 PM ]

The booklet, 'Exploring the Lostwithiel Countryside', is still the centre stage theme for the current museum window display. Deborah Clough has done an excellent job of highlighting this 'walking through history ' theme which has attracted visitors into the museum to buy the booklet & also to see what other gems we have to offer.

Our thanks to Jeff Pearce from Mellingey Cottage, a luxury holiday cottage business, for his generosity in sponsoring this window display. Towards the latter part of August the subject for the window display will be a timely one featuring the  Suffragists and Suffragettes movements. A special thank you to Amanda Davidge & Rebecca Bettin of Lostinbooks, a business based in Choughs in Fore Street, for sponsoring this new window display.


posted Jun 23, 2018, 1:30 AM by Keith Southgate   [ updated Jun 23, 2018, 1:31 AM ]

 Thank you to all those involved in organising this key event in Lostwithiel's calendar. We appreciate the enormous amount of time, effort & organisation that goes into putting on this very successful day which seems to get bigger & better each year. Visitor numbers to the museum were higher than last year, helped perhaps by more activities to attract folk to the top end of Fore Street.


posted Jun 23, 2018, 1:28 AM by Keith Southgate   [ updated Jun 23, 2018, 1:28 AM ]

 The museum will be open to visitors during the Charity Fayre from 11.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday 16th July. For those of you who aren't usually available to visit us during the week a Sunday opening is a good opportunity to see what your local museum has to offer. Admission is free & there's lots to see ! Our thanks to the Rotarians for all their hard work in organising this annual event.


posted Jun 23, 2018, 1:26 AM by Keith Southgate   [ updated Jun 23, 2018, 1:27 AM ]

We have some good news to share!  At last we have access to our museum office & archive store in the Guildhall. Those of you who have been following our progress will appreciate the traumatic time endured since having to move out of the premises in Sept 2015. The process of cleaning, sorting, moving is now underway & we can't wait to get back to some semblance of normality. With thanks to all those involved for your forbearance throughout this difficult period.


posted Jun 23, 2018, 1:24 AM by Keith Southgate   [ updated Jun 23, 2018, 1:24 AM ]

: The 'flickering flames' to simulate the fire at Lanhydrock House have been yet another wild success. We hope that the 'burning house' drew your attention to finding out about the history of Lostwithiel's Fire Service & also attracted you into the museum to see Lostwithiel's first fire engine presented by Lord Edgcumbe.

Sincere thanks go to The Children's Clinic for Cornwall for kindly sponsoring the Fire Service Window Display. What's next ? Well, Ronnie Puttock, one of our museum volunteers, has spent the winter compiling a book of local walks. 'Exploring the Lostwithiel Countryside & Walks from Lostwithiel' is now ready for Roy at Palace Printers to produce for the museum to sell. We thank the Duchy Estate for their generous £100 donation towards the printing costs.

Deborah is creating a window display to promote the book so very soon all will be revealed. With our thanks & appreciation to Jeff Pearce from Mellingey Cottage, a local luxury holiday cottage business, for sponsoring this new window display.


posted May 2, 2018, 10:54 AM by Keith Southgate   [ updated May 2, 2018, 10:55 AM ]

 It's never too late to volunteer. We still need a few extra stewards for some afternoon slots in the museum. If you are interested please pick up a leaflet from the museum or contact Caroline Sturgey on 01208 367325


posted May 2, 2018, 10:51 AM by Keith Southgate   [ updated May 2, 2018, 10:52 AM ]

 The 3rd issue of Lostwithiel Museum's in-house magazine, Museum Matters, is now available. If you are a member of the Lostwithiel Museum Association or a museum volunteer, you should by now have received your personal copy.  Additional copies can be purchased from the Museum, Watt's Trading in Fore St or Stick in Queen St.

 Issue 3 includes articles about Lostwithiel's Political History, The River Barge Excavation 25yrs on, & 600 yrs of Lostwithiel Ware Pottery. If you have an idea for an article the editorial team would be delighted to hear from you. Our focus is to publish articles that have a connection with Lostwithiel and its environs. For more information see the Guidance for Contributors on P4 of the current issue.

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