posted Oct 4, 2019, 11:55 PM by Lostwithiel Museum   [ updated Oct 4, 2019, 11:55 PM ]

  This was the title of a talk which Paul Holden, Architectural Historian and former House and Collections Manager at Lanhydrock, gave at our Social Event on the 14th September.

It was good to hear the positive comments from our very appreciative audience; a special thank you to Paul for a fascinating talk giving us the benefit of his knowledge and experience.

Thanks also to Alex, Chloe and Charlotte at Q Street Cafe for their delicious canapes.


posted Oct 4, 2019, 11:47 PM by Lostwithiel Museum   [ updated Oct 4, 2019, 11:49 PM ]

We are delighted to announce that the winners of the photographic competition for the 2020 fundraising calendar are: Harry Dhami, Pam Jarrett, Kelly Kaya, Maggie Lancaster, Rebecca Molyneux, John Reid, Helen Rogers, Lindsay Southgate, Caroline Surgey, Wendy Taylor and Mark Taylor.

Thank you to everyone who entered the photographic competition; numbers of entries were  higher  than  expected  and  judging  was  even  harder  than  last  year.  Our  special  congratulations to the winners.

The Museum, Watts Trading, Choughs and Lost in Books will be selling the Calendar for £5 - a perfect Christmas gift to buy for friends and family. 

Don't leave it too late - when they're gone they're gone


posted Sep 6, 2019, 1:26 PM by Keith Southgate   [ updated Sep 6, 2019, 1:28 PM ]

Thank you to everyone who entered the 'Historic Lostwithiel throughout the Seasons' photography competition for the museum's second fund-raising calendar.

Numbers of entries far exceeded those received for the award-winning 2019 calendar.  The judging for the best 13 photograhs for the 2020 calendar has taken place and the winners will be announced on the web and in the next Lostwithiel Newsletter.

We can't wait to see the winning photographs feature in our 2020 calendar which will be on sale in early autumn.


posted Aug 1, 2019, 10:22 AM by Keith Southgate


Our special thanks to Julia Parfitt for continuing to keep the plant trough outside the museum looking attractive throughout the seasons.

Julia's efforts are very much appreciated and commented on by visitors and museum volunteers.


posted Aug 1, 2019, 10:17 AM by Keith Southgate   [ updated Aug 1, 2019, 10:17 AM ]

 We look forward to welcoming Paul Holden to Lostwithiel Museum Association's Talk and Social Event in September.

Paul Holden, previously the House and Collections Manager at Lanhydrock House, has kindly agreed to give a talk entitled 'Lanhydrock and the Robartes family.' With his wealth of knowledge and experience, we are very fortunate to have Paul as our guest speaker. Please don't miss this special opportunity to learn more about Lanhydrock, the family home of Thomas Charles, 2nd Lord Robartes, his wife Mary and their ten children.

The date is Saturday 14th September at 7.00pm in the Church Rooms. Admission to the event will be £5.00 which includes light refreshments.

Please note that entry will be free for museum volunteers and members of Lostwithiel Museum Association.Tickets will be available for sale in the museum, Lost in Books in Quay Street and Watt's Trading in Fore Street.


posted Aug 1, 2019, 10:13 AM by Keith Southgate   [ updated Aug 1, 2019, 10:14 AM ]

The time has come to dismantle the photography window display and return the cameras to their owners. Special thanks to Peter Bland, the SW Photography School, Chris Mansfield and Peter Best for kindly loaning their cameras to the museum, and to Celia Jones for generously sponsoring the display.

The new window display  features Miss F Hext, the focus of a Bright Sparks Project sponsored by FEAST and the Cornwall Museums Partnership. Miss Hext, a philanthropist who moved to Lostwithiel in the mid-18th century is possibly most renowned for her privately published book,'Memorials of Lostwithiel and Restormel,' a copy of which is on display in the museum.


posted Aug 1, 2019, 10:09 AM by Keith Southgate

 In early July we were pleased to welcome 25 children from Lostwithiel Primary School.

Their visit to the museum was one of a number of local activities they participated in during the afternoon. Our thanks to Cathy Nute and colleagues for including the museum in their itinerary.


posted Jun 9, 2019, 8:25 AM by Lostwithiel Museum   [ updated Jun 9, 2019, 8:26 AM ]

 The weather was perfect for this popular event which continues to attract more visitors from far and wide.

Many thanks to Maggie Lancaster and Caroline Surgey for organising the rota of volunteers to steward in the Museum. We could not have opened without help from Jane Williams, Judy Dixon, Anthony Hindley, Christopher Dunn and Peter Turner, so a special thanks to all of you.

It was good to have the Guildhall open to the public for live music and two talks from John Pegg about the fascinating history of the building. Lostwithiel has become widely recognised for organising well-run events throughout the year. An event like Lostfest doesn't 'just happen' without an enormous amount of planning and support from volunteers, so Thank You to everyone who was involved in mounting yet another successful show stopper.


posted Jun 9, 2019, 8:22 AM by Lostwithiel Museum


This excellent guide book offers eight local walks, compiled by Ronnie Puttock, a volunteer at the Museum.  At only £3 it is exceptionally good value. Copies are available from the Museum, Watts Trading, and Lost in Books in Quay St. The book has been entered into a Gorsedh competition and we have high hopes of being a winner in the forthcoming An Gof Awards.


posted Jun 9, 2019, 8:14 AM by Lostwithiel Museum   [ updated Jun 9, 2019, 8:14 AM ]

This celebratory weekend trip to Lostwithiel was organised by Campbell Allan, also ex-RAF. Included in the itinerary was a special visit to the Museum, during which we were presented with a flag and an engraved piece of slate to commemorate the occasion, their 53rd anniversary of the Gutersloh (Royal Air-force base in Germany) Sub-Aqua Club.

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