Helston Folk Museum
Last updated: 24/08/2012
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Providing a unique and uncommercialised insight into the lives
and history of the people of Helston and the Lizard area.
Helston Museum is one of the largest folk museums in the South
West, hosting a massive collection of exhibitions arranged
carefully over two floors and five separate halls. From the narrow
frontage protected by a cannon from the HMS Anson, the building
opens up and extends back to provide a fascinating understanding of
days gone by.
About the Museum
The Museum building itself offers a valuable insight into the
history and architecture of the town. Although the museum was
founded in 1949, the building was originally designed as the town's
Market House in 1837, with two separate buildings - one for butter
and eggs, the other the meat market.
The Museum expanded into the meat market in the early 1980s,
then into the adjoining Drill Hall in 1999. A suspended gallery,
the Loft, was also added at this time that in turn allowed the
creation of the mezzanine art gallery.
A notable feature in front of the building is a cannon salvaged
from the wreck of the frigate HMS Anson which foundered off Loe Bar
in 1807. Around 100 sailors' lives were lost in the disaster which
led to the pioneering work of Henry Trengrouse, featured in the
Museum's Drill Hall.
The Museum's collection reflects both the social and industrial
history of The Lizard Peninsula, from mining, fishing and farming
through to home life in the 18th-20th
The displays are complemented by the mezzanine gallery, used for
regular art exhibitions and workshops, and the museum shop that
provides a fine range of silver and local jewellery, cards, local
books and minerals.
About the shop
In the shop we sell local books, prints (including children's) a
wide range of cards; silver, pewter and tin jewellery,
serpentine items, minerals and gemstones.
Come and visit Helston Museum and shop (full
Contact details and opening times
Opening times 2012:
Mon-Sat 10am - 1pm
Extended opening times (Mon,
Tues, Thurs and Fri 10am - 4pm, Weds & Sats 10am - 1pm
- Easter: April 2nd
- Summer: July 23rd – Sept.
- October Half-term: Oct 29th
– Nov 3rd
- Christmas: December 3rd –
Free Admission, Full Disabled Access.
Please note that we are closed on