Museum celebrates new exhibitions

The Museum held a Drinks & Nibbles celebration at the Museum on 26 April to thank everyone who had contributed in some way to its two major new exhibitions on Tony Giles, the well-known St Agnes painter and village character, and its Miners Overseas exhibition in its new cabinet generously provided by St Agnes Local Improvements Committee. There are also new donations to the medal collection and a loan of a Henry Bone miniature in the Opie cabinet to celebrate.

Museum celebrates new exhibitions

Museum celebrates new exhibitions

Chairman, Roger Radcliffe, thanked everyone who had braved the stormy weather and said the support of those who had lent or donated Tony Giles items was greatly valued. He particularly thanked John Branfield for his help in curating the exhibition, Paul and Jan Giles for their donations and Alan Dumper for loaning a painting for the evening only. He finished by proposing a toast to the memory of Tony and his wife, Hilary. A very sociable evening was enjoyed by all.

Museum adds “Chops” Lascelles surfboard to collection

Clare Murton, our Curator, has purchased via eBay a “Chops” Lascelles surfboard for the Museum collection and driven to Bridgewater to collect it.

Peter “Chops” Lascelles was born in Queensland, Australia and came to St Agnes in the early 1970s, before setting up his business Beach Beat Surfboards in the early 1980s. He died in October 2013, aged 60.

A “Chops” Lascelles surfboard

A “Chops” Lascelles surfboard

He was a highly regarded board maker and shaper, so the board is a fine addition to our collection and is now on display in our surfing exhibition.

Museum acquires magic lantern slide

The Museum has acquired through eBay a magic lantern glass photographic slide of Higher Ball Chapel with two mischievous, laughing boys, possibly eating pasties, and a black dog in the foreground perhaps waiting for a piece.

Magic lantern slide

Magic lantern slide

We are not sure of the date, but hope that someone can identify the boys.

Museum Spring Coffee Morning success

Despite the chilly east wind, business was brisk at the Museum’s Spring Coffee Morning in the Church Hall on Saturday 13 April. The raffle and the Museum shop both did particularly well and overall, £455 was raised for Museum funds. Shown here is part of the eclectic mix of bric-à-brac on offer.

Spring Coffee Morning at the Museum

Spring Coffee Morning at the Museum

In addition, Membership Secretary, Mary Wilson, took £35 in subscriptions and welcomed three new Members, raising a further £25.

The Museum would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way.

Museum takes part in Health/Activities/Wellness Day

Our Chairman, Roger Radcliffe, had created a wonderful continuous 10-minute display of photos of all aspects of Museum and St Agnes life on his computer for our stand at the first ever “Health/Activities/Wellness Day”, organised by the Patients Participation Group at St Agnes Surgery, and held in the Church Hall on 11 April. The hall was packed with stalls, each with someone to explain how their group could help with health, activity or wellbeing.

Roger Radcliffe at the first ever Health/Activities/Wellness Day

Roger Radcliffe at the first ever Health/Activities/Wellness Day

Roger manned our stall with a little help from Mary Wilson and Liz Thompson. We hoped to promote volunteering (preferably for the Museum!) as a way to increase a sense of wellbeing. Although we didn’t sign any volunteers or new Friends on the day, we distributed leaflets, answered questions and enjoyed watching the photographs with many locals.