St Agnes Museum
St Agnes Museum is an award-winning Museum and Interpretative Centre arranged on two floors, with virtual access by computer to the upper floor collection for those unable to use stairs. The collection comprises information, artefacts and curios relating to the Parish of St. Agnes and is an ideal place for locals and visitors to spend some time getting to know the history of the Parish.
The Museum is run by friendly volunteer staff with a wealth of local knowledge and is one of the village’s Local Information Points (LIPs). Whether you want to spend an hour or so browsing the displays or a couple of minutes asking about one specific matter, you are always welcome.
Entry is free and there are children's activities free of charge including a treasure hunt with a small prize and "brass" rubbing, so it is perfect for a family outing.
The Museum was established in 1984 and moved to its current location in the old Chapel of Rest in 1990. The Chapel was built in the late 19th century to cope with the increasing mining population of St. Agnes. Although the graveyard is still in use, the Chapel was unused for some years before the Museum took on the lease from the Parish Council. The building now houses a wonderful collection that tells the stories of many of those laid to rest in the grounds, as well as countless others from the parish.
We have a small shop selling local interest books, cards, children's books, small toys and mementos. We aim to source most of our stock locally and this includes several attractive items made of tin from Blue Hills, St. Agnes. It is an ideal place to pop in and find something special from St. Agnes for both holiday-makers and locals alike.
For those looking to explore the history of St. Agnes on foot, the museum offers audio guides on portable MP3 players, which were jointly donated by the St. Agnes Chamber of Commerce and the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. The players contain guided trails to the St. Agnes area, and can be borrowed during opening hours.
For genealogists there is a small St. Agnes Parish family History/Genealogy research section. The records include material unavailable elsewhere such as personally researched Family Trees, transcribed School Log Books and Headstone Transcriptions from the various cemeteries.
School visits are welcomed by arrangement. Carefully structured workshops, suitable for Primary School pupils, on 19th century Mining and World War II, both seen through the eyes of a child, are offered free of charge to local schools on their premises. Please ask for more details if interested.
Guided Tours for groups and Out of Hours visits welcomed by arrangement.
Main opening hours - from 10.30am to 5pm, seven days a week from Good Friday until the end of October.
Contact phone number: 01872 553228