posted Feb 1, 2019, 10:12 AM by Keith Southgate   [ updated Feb 1, 2019, 10:13 AM ]

Deborah & Amanda's creation of 'A Stitch in Time' brings yet another thread of social history to life.
Did you know that in 1830 there were as many as 8 dressmakers & drapers businesses in Lostwithiel but only 3 by 1902 ? The display features a piece of a patchwork coverlet made by local resident, Mary Parkin Beckerleg [nee Collier].

Sewing was associated with hard work, thriftiness, prudence & virtue. No home would have been without the familiar Singer Sewing Machine invented by Isaac Singer in 1851.

Sincere thanks to the Lanhydrock Accountancy Practice for their generosity in sponsoring this display. Our thanks & appreciation to the sponsors who supported us in 2018: 

  • Atticus & Willow
  • Asquiths
  • Iteracy
  • Harmony Cottage
  • The Children's Clinic
  • Mellingey Cottage
  • Lost in Books
  • MKM Extrusions
  • Romantic Englishwoman
  • Acupuncture Cornwall


posted Feb 1, 2019, 10:05 AM by Keith Southgate   [ updated Feb 1, 2019, 10:06 AM ]

The new season is not far away & without volunteers the museum will not open. We will be contacting Stewards who've previously volunteered & also recruiting new Stewards.

Look out for the volunteer leaflets & posters that will be flooding the area.  To join our team of volunteers doesn't necessarily require any specialist knowledge or previous experience as help will be provided. Welcoming visitors & helping them to get to know our fascinating town is key to the role.

As members of the Lostwithiel Museum Association volunteers receive complimentary copies of the Museum Matters magazine & a free guided Town Heritage Walk.  For more information about becoming a volunteer contact Christine Walton on 01208 871456.


posted Feb 1, 2019, 10:00 AM by Keith Southgate   [ updated Feb 1, 2019, 10:00 AM ]

Bright Sparks Project

The museum has received funding from FEAST and the Cornwall Museums Partnership to conduct a very interesting new project called 'Remembering People from the Past.'  You can find out more about the Bright Sparks project via the above video, originally released in  January 2018.

Amanda Davidge  our Curator will be working with museum volunteers to research people from Lostwithiel's history & create material that can be used to illustrate their lives. The workshops will then be offered to the public during the spring/summer.


posted Feb 1, 2019, 9:48 AM by Keith Southgate   [ updated Feb 1, 2019, 9:49 AM ]

The year got off to a good start when we heard that we'd been shortlisted for 2 projects in 2 categories:

  • The 'Toddler Trail' in the Family Friendly category
  • "Creating a Corporate Identity' in the Best Project on a Budget category.

It was a tough competition last year but with more entries this year,the competition is likely to be that much harder. Having submitted the additional information required all we can do now is wait to hear the results at the Award ceremony on 21st March. Fingers crossed !


posted Feb 1, 2019, 8:26 AM by Keith Southgate   [ updated Feb 1, 2019, 9:42 AM ]

Improving the visual image of the museum has been a burning ambition for many years. Although we recognised that a visual makeover was well-overdue, the cost & logistics of transforming a small, cramped space in a listed building, had previously defeated us.

Funding from our achievements in the 2018 Cornwall Heritage Awards is enabling this ambition to gradually become a reality. Stage 1 of the project focused on re-designing the obvious visual items: stationery,leaflets,posters & pamphlets whilst also improving the vital external signage.The re-designed fire engine logo & the distinctive royal blue colour are instantly recognisable as belonging to Lostwithiel Museum. Conscious of the need to enhance the visitor experience & create a more comfortable space for volunteers to spend time in.

Stage 2 concentrated on transforming the Reception area.We commissioned Chris Mansfield,a local carpenter,to design & make a desk to include shelving for admin items & a lockable cupboard for volunteers to store their personal items whilst on duty. Witnessing the transformation & hearing the positive comments from visitors & volunteers confirmed our resolve to make this project a longer-term priority.

The winter closure period is perfect timing to put the finishing touches to the Reception area & to start on Stage 3, the refurbishment of the Reference section. The installation of the bespoke shelving & cupboard with improved lighting,will help to make access to information an easier & more enjoyable experience. As the 'new look' develops we are encouraged to want to make further changes.

Enhancing its appearance is helping to create a more desirable professional image & give the museum the identity it previously lacked.

Museum Matters Number 5 now available

posted Dec 19, 2018, 1:19 PM by Keith Southgate

The latest edition of our Magazine, Museum Matters, is now available and is being distributed to all current Museum Association members.

Non members can purchase a copy for £2 from either Watts Trading Fore Street Lostwithiel or Lost In Books Quay Street Lostwithiel.

This edition includes articles about The Great War, Restormel Royal Iron Mine, and The Guildhall.

Report from 2018 AGM

posted Nov 30, 2018, 1:58 PM by Keith Southgate   [ updated Dec 1, 2018, 7:31 AM ]

Report from Museum Chairman Christine Walton

 Many thanks to those who attended our 48th AGM on 14th November - only another two years and we'll be celebrating 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 Co-ordinator)
  • Tremar Menendez (Advisor)
  • Maggie Lancaster (member).

A letter of resignation was received from Caroline Surgey (Steward's Co-ordinator). As no nominations were received in time for the AGM, this role remains vacant. Our very sincere thanks to Caroline for her valued contribution.

Key roles outside the formal committee structure are as follows:
  • Keith Southgate (Webmaster)
  • Celia Robbins (Oral History Project Recorder)
  • Ian Gillett (Publications)
  • Mick Clough (Design/Publicity),
  • Gill Parsons (Family History)

Kitty Chanter-Menendez resigned from her position as Heritage Walks Co-ordinator, a role she has conducted very efficiently and professionally. We welcome Mary Jones as Kitty's successor,supported by the team of excellent Walks Guides: John Pegg, Derrek Hines, Shelley Barratt & Geoff Barratt.

In addition, Paul Sweet (Accounts Auditor), Bryony Robins (Museum Development Officer), Dr Joanna Mattingly (Museum Mentor), Helena Jaeschke (Conservation Development Officer), and Jo Moore (Curator Wheal Martyn Museum), were all thanked for their professional support.

Thanks were also given to:
  • The Heritage Lottery Fund and Cornwall Museums Partnership for their £1100 Cornwall Heritage Awards donation
  • The Duchy Estate for £100 contribution towards the printing costs of Ronnie Puttock's book, 'Walks Around Lostwithiel'
  • Lostwithiel Plant Swap for £50 donation towards new signage outside the Museum
  • Julia Parfitt for maintaining our planter
  • All our window display sponsors - Black Dog Antiques, Trewithen Restaurant, Asquith's Restaurant, Iteracy, Harmony Cottage, Children's Clinic for Cornwall, Mellingey Cottage, Lost in Books, MKM Extrusions
  • To the businesses selling the Walks book and the 2019 Calendars -Lost in Books, Watts Trading, Duchy Nursery shop, Choughs, Uzella Court;
  • Lostwithiel Business Group;
  • Chris Mansfield for improvements to the Museum reception area;
  • Roy at Palace Printers;
  • Debenie Morse, Lostwithiel Newsletter;
  • all contributors to Museum Matters;
  • members of Lostwithiel Museum Association.
  • Not least, my enormous thanks & appreciation go to our Museum Stewards, Trustees and Committee members who contribute so much to making Lostwithiel Museum thrive and flourish

. Finally, we must not forget our visitors!


posted Nov 4, 2018, 5:22 AM by Keith Southgate


We hope that you have been able to take advantage of our guided Town Heritage walks. A special thank you to Kitty Chanter-Menendez & her excellent team of Guides : Mary Jones,  John Pegg, Derek Hines, Shelley Barratt & Geoff Barratt for sharing their extensive knowledge of the town & it's fascinating history. The regular Monday walks have now finished for the 2018 season.


posted Nov 4, 2018, 5:18 AM by Keith Southgate

The museum closed to visitors at the end of October & will re-open in early April 2019. We will, however, look forward to seeing you when we open specially for Lostwithiel's Dickensian Evening on Thurs 13th Dec. The winter closure period will provide us with a welcome opportunity to continue with a number of special 'behind the scenes projects' in readiness for the new 2019 season. This year we have started to make a number of significant improvements to the museum, not least the new reception area, which are only part-way through an exciting transformation exercise. We will keep you updated as the works proceed over the next few months.


posted Oct 7, 2018, 10:31 AM by Keith Southgate

 Although the museum closes for this season at the end of Oct we are looking for volunteers who might be interested in the various 'behind the scenes' activities available during the winter months.

For more information, please contact Christine Walton on 01208 871456.

A warm welcome to Peter Turner who recently joined us as a Museum Steward on Friday afternoons.

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