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Although the Museum wasn’t due to reopen until 19 July – a date everyone was really looking forward to – it was delighted to welcome, for a private visit, descendants of Captain John Williams, Captain of the Lady Agnes between 1907 and 1918.
The descendant was his grandson, John Davies of Lincolnshire, who came with his wife Elizabeth and twin grandsons, Archie and Joe (16), from Aberdeen, Scotland. The family was holidaying in north Devon so this was a rare chance for them to see the figurehead from their grandfather and great-great-grandfather’s ship.
Welcomed by Museum Chairman, Roger Radcliffe, the family was able to view the model of St Agnes harbour, and experience our new Virtual Reality display of the Lady Agnes leaving the harbour in 1904.
After purchasing copies of Roger’s book, The Search for the Lady Agnes, the family left to view the remains of the harbour at Trevaunance Cove.
Following the Government briefing on 12 July, we are delighted to announce that the Museum will reopen on Monday 19 July at 10:30am after more than 20 long months of closure.
Come and be transported by our VR experience to St Agnes Harbour in 1904, and admire our new, vastly improved Medals’ cabinet.
Very early on the morning of 4 June, at low tide, a long-planned operation to retrieve a granite block from the harbour ruins at Trevaunance Cove, with the kind permission of the Duchy of Cornwall and the Blunsdon family, got underway.
Using a tele-handler from Acland Plant the block was scooped up and driven to the Museum, escorted by our Chairman, Roger Radcliffe, whose idea this was, and Vice Chairman, Clive Benney.
By 8 o’clock the block had been lifted into the Museum and was being rolled along the floor on short lengths of scaffolding pole. By 8.30 it was perfectly installed in our VR booth ready for visitors to sit on and be transported in comfort to the north wall of St Agnes harbour in 1904. We can’t wait to share it with visitors.
Shown, guiding the block, are Roger Radcliffe, Clive Benney and Peter Thomas, our Journal Editor.
The Museum is now scheduled to reopen on 19 July 2021.
To whet your appetite, we will have several new attractions to see including the exciting Virtual Reality corner showing ships loading and unloading at the harbour in 1904, our leatherback turtle using Artificial Intelligence to answer children’s random questions, (What do you eat? where were you born?), and our new Medals Cabinet allowing us to safely exhibit our complete medal collection.
We will also have done our best to meet our obligations to keep visitors safe, ranging through sanitiser, screens, masks, a one-way system around the Museum, and increased ventilation.
We really look forward to meeting you all again and would be grateful if you could tell all you meet about our reopening date, and the treats in store for visitors.
The Museum has been given a collection of books from the estate of a late Member which we have been given permission to sell in aid of Museum funds. It consists of a variety of local interest books, including some by local author, Clive Benney. They are generally in good condition and with sound dust covers where appropriate.
If anyone is after a particular title for his collection, please get in touch and, you never know, you might strike lucky. Please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll endeavour to agree a price, including postage & delivery.