When you think of Cornwall you instinctively imagine beaches, gardens, sun, sand and surf. However, there is another side, a very cultural side and this autumn we’ve been busy creating a collection of must see items that live at five museums and galleries across Cornwall.
From ancient gold collars to original illustrations of Bagpuss; a very special banjo to a world class collection of Newlyn School paintings – together the group offers a wealth of stories and experiences waiting to be discovered on your next group visit to Cornwall.
CLICK HERE to see the whole guide in the meantime here are some snippets to enjoy …
Falmouth Art Gallery
“A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” by Keith Newstead
What’s an automata? Head to Falmouth Art Gallery to find out & have a go. The gallery has a collection which includes automatas from many local makers of national recognition including Keith Newstead who made this one … it’s beautiful and fun - turn the handle and jump out of your skin when the wolf goes SNAP! The gallery is also home to a wonderful collection of children’s illustrations including popular characters such as Pugwash, Ivor the Engine and Bagpuss – one of their favourites. When not on show the majority of the archive is kept in storage boxes designed to be easily accessible for visiting groups.
Open Mondays to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Free entry.
Municipal Buildings, The Moor, Falmouth, TR11 2RT
The Rain it Raineth Every Day by Norman Garstin
Built in 1865 as a gracious Victorian home, Penlee House is the only Cornish venue specialising in the Newlyn School and early St Ives artists. Get to Penlee to see the famous painting The Rain it Raineth Every Day by Norman Garstin then walk minutes down the road and stand in exactly the same spot on Penzance’s promenade. Open Monday – Saturday 10.30 to 4.30pm, (5pm Easter to end Sept). £4.50 for adults, £3 concessions, u18 free. Free for everyone each Saturday. www.penleehouse.org.uk
National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Climb aboard a SeaKing helicopter at the Search & Rescue exhibition and experience an interactive journey into the role of the maritime rescue services. Open daily 10am-5pm, seven days a week. Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day. Adults £11.00, Children (0-5) free, concessions & group deals available. Pay once and get in FREE for a full 12 months. www.nmmc.co.uk
Royal Cornwall Museum
Among the most beautiful objects ever unearthed in Cornwall are four gold collars, called lunulae because of their moon-like shape. Three are on display in Truro whilst the fourth is at the British Museum. Because they were all found by accident long ago, they are hard to date but they were probably used between 2300 and 2900 BC. They seem to certain to have been used by an elite, high status group and to have huge symbolic value. Open Mon – Sat 10am to 4.45pm, (closed bank holidays) Adults £5 (for an annual pass), children free. www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum
Not just a pretty beach … beneath the sand are the telegraph cables that linked Britain to the world and made Porthcurno a hub of global communications. Discover the technology that changed the world; there’d be no internet without it. Explore the amazing (huge) secret WW2 tunnels and soak up the sights and sounds of a working telegraph station. Open daily, 10am-5pm. Adults £7.20, U5 free. www.porthcurno.org.uk PLEASE note re-opens spring 2014