WINDOW DISPLAY September / October 2022


Our display featured Hannibal Vivian and the Battle of Lostwithiel 1644

Hannibal Vivian (or Vyvyan) was born c1589 died c1657. Vyvyan was mayor of Lostwithiel in 1632–33, 1636–1638 and 1640–41. He supported Parliament during the English Civil War and was probably present at the Battle of Lostwithiel in mid-1644 with the Earl of Essex's army. He held the post of comptroller of tin coinage until the abolition of the coinage in 1650, and by 1653 had settled in Plymouth. He died sometime between then and 22 April 1657. Read more about him on Wikipedia

Find out about The Battle of Lostwithiel in our latest publication containing a detailed account of a Civil War battle that was to take Lostwithiel forty years to recover. For sale in the museum. Price £5.


WINDOW DISPLAY August 2022

Our display celebrated 100th anniversary of Lostwithiel Town Band

Read about the history of Lostwithiel Town Band in this article written by Gill Parsons



WINDOW DISPLAY June 2022

Our display featured images of HM Queen Elizabeth II during visits to Lostwithiel in 1962 and 1989


WINDOW DISPLAY APRIL 2022

Our Window display for April 2022 featured Lostwithiel Twinning Association.


The Lostwithiel Twinning Association facilitates friendships, promotes understanding and encourages cooperation through the town's close and longstanding association with Pleyber Christ in Brittany.


Watch the video below and then Find out more on their website


WINDOW DISPLAY MARCH 2022

From 7th to 27th March 2022 our window display was configured to host an exhibition ‘Artificialia: Fake Minerals and Fancy Plinths’ by artist Bridgette Ashton. The exhibition wa accompanied by an online presentation – Artificialia Digital – where virtual visitors can examine 3D images of the work from their laptop, tablet or mobile device. Find out more about the exhibition on Bridgette's website.

Lostwithiel, Newlyn and Redruth were chosen to show this work because of their importance in the history of Cornish mining and mineral collecting - Lostwithiel was home to I8th C Mineral Dealer Richard Talling’s ‘Fancy Repository,’ which sold specimens from local and other Cornish mines.


Window display early 2022

Our first window display of 2022 celebrated Royal Visits to Lostwithiel and included this image of an arch errected on North Street for the visit of King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret 11th July 1950.


Window display for Advent Trail 2021


Window display for Autumn 2021

Our Autumn 2021 Window display celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Lostwithiel Museum.


On the 21st August 1971 the museum was officially opened by the Earl and Countess of Mount Edgcumbe. During the 1960s the Lostwithiel Old Cornwall Society started to acquire items related to the town’s history. This led to an intensive search for suitable premises in which to establish a local museum and eventually the Town Council offered the old fire station where the museum is currently located. It was then to take many more months of preparation before the museum was finally ready to open to visitors in 1972.

With thanks to Mary, Christine, Ian and Maggie for their help with the display.

Window display for June 2021

Our June 2021 window display features our in-house magazines and shows how Past & Present, and the currently named Museum Matters, have evolved since they were first published 25 years ago in 1996.


Back copies of the magazines are available for you to see in the Reference area of the Museum.


With thanks to Mary, Ian and Maggie for their help with the display.

Window display for March / April 2021

Our Window display for March / April 2021 featured the Lostwithiel branch of the Old Cornwall Society which was started in 1952.

The original embroidered and appliqued Old Cornwall Society Banner features some of our key buildings and the Town Seal in green, gold and grey which are the town colours.

It was due to the determination of this dedicated group that Lostwithiel Museum was officially and finally opened 50 years ago in 1971. The Lostwithiel branch continues to meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month and is currently arranging a programme of talks from experienced speakers for later this year.

Thank you to Mary Mitchell [Chairman of the Lostwithiel branch] who arranged this display, and to her Committee for their generous sponsorship in support of the Museum.