From cradle to the grave: Cornish scything
Museum of Cornish Life
by Museum of Cornish Life
1w ago
In this article Andy Blackwell, collections research volunteer, takes a closer look at the museum’s giant cradle scythe displayed in the ‘Meat Market’ gallery with other large historic Cornish farming tools up on the arched wall. A rather vicious-looking implement hanging on the wall in the Meat Market is the Cradle Scythe.Used for harvesting wheat, Read More ..read more
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Speak Cornish Week 2024
Museum of Cornish Life
by Museum of Cornish Life
3w ago
We have a special trail for Speak Cornish Week (22-30 June) and Song Time will celebrate with nursery rhymes in Cornish. To sing your own songs at home use this great resource by Speak Cornish . Can you find these items in out museum:  Tabour / Drum Botasen / Boots Gorhel / Ship Kolom goos Read More ..read more
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Rabbits, daffodils and broccoli: Helston Railway and Cornish farming
Museum of Cornish Life
by Museum of Cornish Life
1M ago
Sue Roberts, collections and research volunteer, shares history and memories of the Helston Railway and its role in Cornish farming. Helston was the centre of a large farming district, which covered everything from rabbits, flowers and broccoli (cauliflower) farming as well as transporting agricultural machinery, cattle, coal, serpentine and stone. Passenger travel was always more Read More ..read more
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A window into the past
Museum of Cornish Life
by Museum of Cornish Life
2M ago
Heather Newbery, BA History student at the University of Exeter, has been investigating the museum’s rare 17th century window. It’s remarkable how embarking on a research project of an object as seemingly mundane as a window can lead to the unearthing of a vivid picture of the lives of people from more than 150 years Read More ..read more
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Exploring the Museum’s Poster Collection
Museum of Cornish Life
by Museum of Cornish Life
2M ago
Zachary Woods, currently studying an undergraduate degree in History at Exeter University, has conducted research and written an article on the posters on display in our link corridor ..read more
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Time for croust: reviewing the museum’s dairy and talking to our collections
Museum of Cornish Life
by Museum of Cornish Life
3M ago
Tehmina Goskar, Research Curator, talks about the museum’s dairy-related objects as part of an ongoing major review of our farming collections. A critical part of our Farmers will like it project is to review the collections we already have and get to know them again. As well as good museum practice to monitor the condition Read More ..read more
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‘Mother was raised by the ladies of The Manor House’
Museum of Cornish Life
by Museum of Cornish Life
3M ago
As a writer, when you put your work into the world you don’t really know what will happen to it. You hope that someone will enjoy it. You hope that someone may learn from it. You might even dare to hope that it’s made someone think. Sometimes you get comments back, and that is genuinely, Read More ..read more
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Exploring the History of Theatre in Helston
Museum of Cornish Life
by Museum of Cornish Life
5M ago
The museum , in conjunction with Trevow Helston, is undertaking a piece of research into the history of theatre in Helston. Whilst there is a rich history of amateur dramatic groups in Helston and its environs, the history of professional theatre and theatres in the area is more difficult to determine. Many areas in Cornwall Read More ..read more
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Will farmers like it? New research on agricultural heritage at the museum
Museum of Cornish Life
by Museum of Cornish Life
6M ago
Research Curator, Tehmina Goskar gives an update on our farming heritage research project. In April 2023 we began work on our conservation and contemporary documentation project, Farmers will like it, in earnest thanks to funding by the Museums Association Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund. We named our project after a headline in the newspapers describing the Read More ..read more
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Looking Back: 2023 at the Museum of Cornish Life
Museum of Cornish Life
by Museum of Cornish Life
6M ago
2023 has been a bumper year for the Museum of Cornish Life. Here’s a round-up of some 2023 highlights in numbers… In the Museum 2023 Behind the Scenes 2023 Museum of Cornish Life Team 2023 The Museum in the Community 2023 The Museum as a Charity in 2023 ..read more
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