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.


posted Nov 2, 2019, 5:56 AM by Lostwithiel Museum   [ updated Nov 2, 2019, 6:00 AM ]

We are pleased to report that the calendar depicting Lostwithiel's Heritage is selling well.

Our thanks to those of you whose prize-winning photographs were selected, to Mick Clough whose help in putting the calendar together was very much appreciated and, not least, to Roy at Palace Printers.

We were delighted that the Mayor, Cllr Tim Hughes, and his children, were able to be with us at the Calendar Launch. As the Museum is now closed for the winter period, calendars will be on sale for £5 in Lost in Books, Watts Trading and Uzella Court. If you have any difficulties in locating them, please contact Maggie Lancaster on 01208 873093 or Christine Walton on 01208 871456.

The selling period is a short one so if you want to purchase calendars as gifts for friends and family please don't leave it to the last minute as we may have sold out and we'd hate to disappoint you !


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.

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