Re-opening of Museum delayed

posted Mar 13, 2020, 1:29 PM by Lostwithiel Museum   [ updated Mar 13, 2020, 1:30 PM ]

 At the Museum Committee Meeting held on 12th March 2020 it was decided that, in light of issues related to Coronavirus, it would be wise to delay re-opening the Museum, originally planned for 6th April, until further notice.

The Committee Members and Trustees acknowledge their duty of care towards our volunteers and visitors, a responsibility which is taken very seriously. They will, therefore, do their best to protect your health and safety by monitoring the situation, taking professional advice and acting accordingly. It is therefore impossible at this stage to say when the Museum will re-open.

As the Museum will not be re-opening on 6th April we will also postpone the Social Get-together planned for 24th March. This event will take place closer to the new date for re-opening the Museum.

Committee members will continue to work behind the scenes in readiness for re-opening the Museum, whenever that might be.  If there are any volunteers who would like to be involved with our 'Winter Projects' we would be delighted to work with you. Please contact The Chairman.

With kind regards,

Lostwithiel Museum Association Committee


posted Mar 7, 2020, 7:46 AM by Keith Southgate   [ updated Mar 7, 2020, 7:47 AM ]

 The re-application for Museum Accreditation includes a Five Year Forward Plan. Five key priorities have been highlighted by the museum committee:

a] The conservation of Joseph Burnett's [Lostwitiel's Peace Officer in 1814] cloak which is in need of some costly professional repair work so will require grant-funding. The cloak is owned by Lostwithiel Town Council and on loan to Lostwithiel Museum.

b] Replacing one or more display cabinets that do not conform to museum standard requirements. Again, grant-funding will be needed as one display case could cost a minimum of £6000.

c] Extending the current Window Display Sponsorship Scheme to include objects, projects and events.

d] Attracting and retaining more volunteers, and resolving succession issues [in particular for museum committee members and trustees].

e] The long-term future and siting of Lostwithiel Museum.

All of the above represents a major challenge for a small independent museum, dependent on volunteers who also have to concentrate on the day-to-day tasks presented by running a museum in today's very different world.


posted Feb 5, 2020, 1:27 PM by Lostwithiel Museum   [ updated Feb 5, 2020, 1:28 PM ]

 It is no exaggeration to say that Lostwithiel Museum's 'Window on the High Street' is the envy of many larger museums that do not have this display facility. This vacancy offers an exciting opportunity to demonstrate your creative flair.The role can be tailored to suit individual interests and skills. Please contact Christine Walton on 01208 871456 for more information


posted Feb 5, 2020, 1:24 PM by Lostwithiel Museum   [ updated Feb 5, 2020, 1:24 PM ]

 Without a collection of objects to exhibit there wouldn't be a Museum. Lostwithiel Museum has been collecting objects associated with the local area since it first opened to visitors in 1971. In order for a collection of objects to survive it needs to be appropriately cared for and displayed. Every object tells a story and discovering those stories is fascinating and rewarding. We have a vacancy for someone who is interested in caring for our unique collection and sharing it with others. Previous experience isn't vital as the Museum has access to a variety of excellent learning opportunities. The role commitment time is flexible and can be accomodated to suit individual requirements. If you think you might like to be involved then please contact Christine Walton on 01208 871456 for more information.


posted Feb 5, 2020, 5:54 AM by Keith Southgate   [ updated Feb 5, 2020, 6:00 AM ]

The new season starts on Monday 6th April so there's lots of preparation going on behind the scenes to ensure that we are ready for visitors. As the Museum is completely dependent on volunteers we are checking that we have sufficient numbers of Stewards available to cover 3 sessions a day, Monday to Friday from 10.30am to 4.30pm. It would be a bonus to also open on a Saturday, if only for the morning session.

To check on availability we will be contacting the Stewards who have previously volunteered for this role whilst also looking for new recruits. To join our team of Stewards doesn't necessarily require any specialist knowledge or previous experience as help will be provided. Key to the role is welcoming visitors and helping them to get to know this fascinating town.

All volunteers automatically become members of Lostwithiel Museum Association, receive complimentary
copies of Museum Matters [in-house magazine] and a free guided Town Heritage Walk.

If you think you might be interested but need more information please contact Maggie Lancaster on 01208 873093.


posted Nov 30, 2019, 9:35 AM by Keith Southgate   [ updated Nov 30, 2019, 9:36 AM ]

Following our winter closure a special visit was arranged for 16 members of the St Agnes Old Cornwall Society [OCS]. Our thanks to Barrie Bennetts for the initial request and to Tony Mansell for the follow-ups. We were pleased that Mary Mitchell, Chairman of our Old Cornwall Society, was able to join us.

When Lostwithiel Museum was formed nearly 50yrs ago it was originally part of the Old Cornwall Society. As we approach the Museum's 50th Anniversary we hope to pursue opportunities to work more closely together.

Report from 2019 AGM

posted Nov 29, 2019, 11:10 PM by Lostwithiel Museum   [ updated Nov 29, 2019, 11:11 PM ]

 Many thanks to those who attended the Museum AGM on 20th Nov. The newly elected committee comprises: Christine Walton [Chairman], Helen Rogers [Secretary], John Smith [Treasurer], Peter Best [Editor Museum Matters magazine], Tremar Menendez [Advisor], Maggie Lancaster [member with responsibility as Joint Stewards' Organiser]. A letter of resignation was received from Amanda Davidge [Curator]. Deborah Clough resigned from Window Display Co-ordinator earlier in 2019. My thanks to Amanda and Deborah for their contributions and my good wishes for their new ventures. As no nominations were received in time for the AGM, the roles of Curator and Window Display Co-ordinator remain vacant. Sincere thanks and appreciation were given to the Museum volunteers and supporters comprising: Trustees, individual current and outgoing Committee members, Stewards,Town Heritage Walks Guides, helpers behind the scenes, and members of Lostwithiel Museum Association.

Thanks were also given to those who hold key roles outside the formal committee structure: Keith Southgate [Webmaster], Ian Gillett [Publications], Caroline Surgey [Joint Stewards' Co-ordinator], Gill Parsons [Family History Researcher], Celia Robbins [Oral History Project]. Mary Jones resigned as Town Heritage Walks Co-ordinator. Prior to the AGM Shelley Barratt confimed her willingness to support the Committee as Town Heritage Walks Co-ordinator. The Walks Guides team comprise: Mary Jones, John Pegg, Derrick Hines, Geoff Barratt. Paul Sweet agreed to continue as the Auditor for Accounts.

In addition Bryony Robins [Museum Development Officer], Dr Joanna Mattingly [Accreditation Mentor], Helena Jaescke [Conservation Development Officer], Jo Moore [Curator Wheal Martyn Museum] were all thanked for their invaluable support for professional matters.

Additional thanks were given to Cornwall Museums Partnership and FEAST for the Cornwall Heritage Awards and Bright Sparks Project; to Julia Parfitt for maintaining the plant trough; Palace Printers; business outlets [Lost in Books, Watts Trading, Uzella Court] for selling publications /displaying leaflets; sponsors for the Window Displays [The Romantic Englishwoman, Acupuncture Cornwall, Lanhydrock Accountancy Practice, Celia Johnson, MKM Extrusions, Lostwithiel Business Group]; Debenie Morse & team for Lostwithiel Newsletter; Chris Mansfield for the bespoke reception / reference areas.##On a high note, visitor numbers have been rising, eg from 2764 in 2017 to 4839 in 2018, a significant increase. Figures for 2019 have yet to be totalled with visitors on Dickensian Evening likely to bring final numbers close to those achieved in 2018.

Whilst by no means a definitive list, major objectives for the year ahead include: applying to the Arts Council for re-Accreditation; expanding the Sponsorship Scheme to include artefacts, projects, events; applying for grant-funding to conserve Joseph Burnett's Cloak and replace non-museum standard display cabinets; increasing the numbers of volunteers.

To be successful, running the Museum has to be a team effort, one that requires a collaborative approach. My very special thanks and appreciation to everyone involved in the proces
s of helping Lostwithiel Museum to thrive and flourish and be the best that it can be.


posted Nov 2, 2019, 7:10 AM by Lostwithiel Museum   [ updated Nov 2, 2019, 7:10 AM ]

A reminder that we will be holding our 48th AGM at 7.00pm in the Lostwithiel Church Rooms on Wednesday 20th November.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

We know how quickly time passes so we have started to plan how we might celebrate our 50th Museum Anniversary in 2021. All ideas will be gratefully received !


posted Nov 2, 2019, 7:04 AM by Lostwithiel Museum   [ updated Nov 2, 2019, 7:04 AM ]

We are very pleased to have this opportunity to congratulate Amanda, our Museum Curator, on achieving a Distinction for her MA in Authorial Illustration Practice.

The past 2 years have not been the easiest for Amanda with the challenges of an MA, her Lost in Books business to run, looking after a family, and trying to accommodate her commitments at the Museum.

Well done, Amanda, we know how hard you have worked so it's good to know that your efforts have been rewarded.


posted Nov 2, 2019, 6:03 AM by Lostwithiel Museum   [ updated Nov 2, 2019, 6:58 AM ]

The guided Town Heritage Walks finished for this season at the end of October and will resume in the Spring 2020.

We hope you have had an opportunity to take advantage of a Town Walk to discover all those surprising aspects of Lostwithiel's fascinating history that you previously didn't know about. A special thank you to the excellent team of experienced guides: Mary Jones, Kitty Chanter-Menendez, John Pegg, Derek Hines, Shelley Barratt and Geoff Barratt.

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