(photo by Steve Wheeler)
Cornish Mining has recently become a World Heritage Site and is far more than a regular Museum. The people in charge of these important sites have made it available to the public to come and share the story of the Cornish mines. There is far more to do than have a look around a mine there are distinctive, evolving and living pattern of landscapes and is designed to encourage visitors to explore and learn about the physical, social and cultural aspects of he Cornish mining heritage.
The Wayside Museum
This has become a place of interest due to its isolation of the out side world until as late as the 19th century. Only pack animals and sledges could get there as no road were built. This has meant the preservation of ancient implements and customs. A Colonel Freddie Hirst began to collect relics particular to Zennor that eventually became the exhibitions in the Wayside Museum today. There are more than five thousand items in the collection and displayed in sixteen different display areas, the collection includes photographs and detailed information about people who have lived in the area.
(Photo by Stanley Bruce)
This year the Maritime Museum has won silver award for the largest visitor attraction Cornwall. When you get here you will see why so many people love it here. The new light house exhibition is fantastic and great fun. It gives you a real insight into what it really is like to work on a light house with what trials the keepers go through. Other than that exhibition there is a huge collection of boats to see in The Hold, a look out tower, pontoon with boats docked all awaiting you to come and explore them, with loads more to look and learn about.
Situated only 50 meters from the harbour is Padstow Museum. It was initially set up by an enthusiastic group of local residents in 1971. It holds interesting artefacts that give an insight into the history of the Port of Padstow over the past two centuries. Padstow is an important port for boats looking for refuge from the North coast line and after the collapse of the Cornish tin mining many people fled to find a new life in North America. Only £1.50 of adult and free for children this is a wonderful place to pop in to and find out about this interesting town
Ship Wreck Museum
This collection of artefacts has been put together over the last 50 years and is one of the most unusual and interesting collections open to the public including underwater diving equipment and suits used for treasure seeking. It’s the largest private collection of its type open to public display in Europe. There are artefacts from over 150 different shipwrecks with different exhibitions reflecting on village life in Charlestown from its shipwrecks through to its once thriving China Clay industry. So if maritime history is an interest of yours, this museum is for you.
Duke of Cornwall light infantry Museum
Linking the past and present the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry Museum is a must see for those who take an interest in infantry history. The museum was once the home to the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry which was founded in 1925. The museum is highly informative with various exhibits explaining the campaigns that were undertaken throughout the regiments history as well as the change in uniforms through out the centuries. The star of the show is the armory containing one of the best collections of small arms and machine guns in the country.
Museum of Witchcraft
This museum housed the worlds largest collection of witchcraft related artefacts and regalia making a top stop of Cornwall. The Museum is characterised by its Cornish and West Country folk-magic traditions as well as their crafts of service in the ways of charms, divinations and other operations to clients as trade which are displayed here.
Jamaica Inn & Museum
This is the finest collection of smuggling artefacts in the country that is featured in “ The History Of Jamaica Inn” an educational and historical theatre show, which recounts the myths and legends form the last 300 years with tales of ship wrecks and smugglers associated with the Jamaican inn. When exploring the Inn you will find out that the Cornish Smugglers were not violent, but where more of a cunning breed. Come and find out about living in this evil but romantic era, this museum makes for an interesting trip.
Tunnels through Time
Tunnels Through Time really does bring the past to life with a brilliant reconstruction of Cornish myths and legends. There are realistic full size figures together with sounds and lighting effects to give you a real feel of Newquay’s rich and colour full history.
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