St Agnes Museum online shop reopens

St Agnes Museum is most grateful to St Agnes Local Improvement Committee which recently awarded the Museum a very generous grant of £900 to reinstate its online shop. It agreed to pay £600 for the initial set up, the first year’s annual maintenance fee (£150) together with the VAT.

The online shop has always been a valuable resource for the Museum, especially when the Museum is closed. Visitors to the shop can become Museum Members or make a donation, as well as purchasing items from the tempting selection offered.

It is so delighted to be able to restore the shop after Cornwall Museums Partnership discontinued its facility. The Committee paid tribute to Curator, Clare Murton, for all her hard work in re-creating the facility.

Browse St Agnes Museum’s online shop

Sunny spring coffee morning raises £591 for Museum funds

The Museum held a very busy and successful Spring Coffee Morning in the Church Hall on Saturday. Blessed with fine weather, it raised £591 for Museum funds. 

The Museum Shop stall raised £193, the Toys stall £153 and the Raffle £122. The Committee is very grateful to everyone who helped and who came to support the Museum. 

The next Coffee Morning will be in the Church Hall on Saturday 18 November. We hope to see you there!

Museum flies the flag at Coronation Day party

The Museum stall at the Miners’ & Mechanics’ Institute

Saturday 6 May 2023

The Museum was invited, along with other charities, to have a free stall  at the Miners’ & Mechanics’ Institute for an Indoor Street Party on Coronation Day when the Coronation itself was shown on a big screen in the café. A Brass Band entertained and a choir sang outside when the  televised event had ended.  The other stallholder was the Old Cornwall Society, there in a promotional capacity.

Mike and Lynn Furness brought a selection of items from the Museum Shop for our stall and Clare Murton operated Roger Radcliffe’s powerpoint with a display of local photographs. You may be able to make out Bawden Rocks on the screen in the photograph.

With his Old Cornwall Society hat on Clive Benney also displayed numerous Ken Young photographs from the 50s and 60s, a taster for his forthcoming book about Ken Young which we hope to be selling at the Museum.

Children’s activities in a side room, including “Make your own crown” were popular.

The Museum took just short of £80 and welcomed a new Member.

We are grateful to Mike, Lynn and Clare for giving up their time and “flying the flag for the Museum”.

Innovative Museum training session is huge success

Can you guess what this mystery object is? Answer below!

The Museum held a hugely successful and innovative training session, with a plentiful supply of tea and cakes, at the Miners’ & Mechanics’ Institute on Tuesday 21 March. 

Arranged by Jackie Cotton, Jain Hodson and Caroline Clifton, there were more than 30 attendees, including Committee Members as well as Stewards.  Journal Editor, Peter Thomas, was the Quiz Master, while Vice Chairman, Clive Benney, challenged everyone’s power of observation with ten photos of shops of yesteryear. Thanks to Curator, Clare Murton, there was an identification round based on eight mystery objects brought from the Museum. The one shown here is a Patten which fitted over one’s shoes to keep them above the muddy roads of the time.

To bring things to a close Chairman, Roger Radcliffe, drew everyone’s attention to the “Spirit of the Awards” trophy which the Museum recently received at the Cornwall Heritage Awards, and pointed out that it was thanks to the collective effort of all our volunteers that we had been judged worthy of such an award.

The Museum always welcomes new Stewards. If you would be interested, please visit the Home Page.

Portrait of Elizabeth Opie – a happy update

Elizabeth Opie by John Opie RA
Elizabeth Opie by John Opie RA

Last October, as you will know, the Museum launched an appeal “Bring Betty Home” to purchase the beautiful portrait of Elizabeth (Betty) Opie by her brother John Opie RA, the “Cornish Wonder”.  We were so lucky to have the chance to purchase this painting at a very generous reduced price of £9500 and to be loaned it to help with our fundraising.

We are delighted that we have been awarded both grants for which we applied and, with our own fundraising, have enough funds to purchase the painting.  The Museum has raised £1590, the V&A Purchase Grant Fund has offered a grant of £4750 and the Art Fund has awarded a grant of the full £3800 that we requested.  We also have pledges of money that we can call on.

We would like, if possible, to use the extra money to have the painting cleaned and lightly restored, as recommended in the condition report.  It feels good to “Bring Betty Home”!