Museum of Cornish Life opens its digital doors

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Museum of Cornish Life opens its digital doors

Published at 3:15pm 5th May 2020. (Updated at 3:39pm 5th May 2020)

Like a lot of places, The Museum of Cornish Life is off-limits during the lockdown era.

But thanks to technology, even people who wouldn't normally be able to get out have been enjoying its nostalgia.

The museum in Helston is spread over five display halls on three floors, and boasts thousands of objects to keep visitors fascinated and entertained.

The first in a new video series looks at how the museum has been opening its doors digitally by providing personalised tours online through its Wish You Were Here initiative.

The project has given the likes of nursing and care home residents the chance to take a tour of the museum from the safety of their own surroundings, engaging and stirring nostalgic memories as a specialist guides the participant round the museum on an iPad.

The museum houses one of the largest social history collections in the South West, and ranges from archaeological evidence of the earliest settlers to the Lizard Peninsula, to a fully stocked 1950s kitchen.

You can learn about Helston’s famous inventor, Henry Trengrouse, whose ingenuity helped to save thousands of lives at sea.

There's also a huge 5 ton cider press and you can meet Henry the parrot.

The museum is renowned for its costume collection, and a regularly changing display showcases some of the elegant fashions of the past.


Of course, no visit to Helston would be complete without mention of Flora Day, and the museum holds a fabulous collection of photographs of this unique custom.

The Flora Day clock can, for a small fee, burst into life with a rendition of the famous Furry Dance theme.

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