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The fascinating and charming St. Ives Museum

From Steve McIntosh of St Ives Cornwall Blog

“The museum is tucked away on Wheal Dream between The Harbour and Porthgwidden Beach.

“It’s packed with what I can only describe as "stuff" relating to the town, its history and residents. It’s run by enthusiastic local volunteers rather than "professionals" so it’s a proper old-fashioned museum not an "experience" or "educational enrichment opportunity.

“There are hundreds of exhibits which include paintings, stuffed animals, archaeology, old photographs, clothing, textiles, bibles, household items, tools, model ships and loads more.

“Themes include fishing, mining, The Hain Steamship Company, John Knill, railways, art, lighthouses, boat building, World War II and RNLI.

“New exhibits for 2009 include a Pilchard Curing Cellar and a Video Room where you can watch films about St Ives and its history.

“They have prints of many of the photographs for sale, but if you want a print that’s not in stock they can arrange this and send it on to you.

“Plans for next year include installation of a Bernard Leach section with pottery by the artist and other memorabilia.

“School parties and other groups are welcome but asked to book in advance. The curator and staff can arrange a tailored visit for you. Children’s workbooks are available covering various themes.”