Winter coffee morning raises amazing £1K!

The early morning rain stopped in time for the Museum’s Winter Coffee Morning in the Church Hall on Saturday 18 November. It was very busy with visitors enjoying a coffee and the stalls which included homemade cakes, the Museum Shop stall (ideal for Christmas presents), an extensive Cornish bookstall, amongst which was a rare first edition edition of Maurice Bizley’s “Friendly Retreat”, a toy stall and a raffle.  

The raffle made £140, the Museum Shop an amazing £212 and the toy stall £152. The total raised was a very pleasing £1032 including Membership subscriptions of £265. Five new Members joined.

The Museum is very grateful to everyone who came or who helped in any way.

Thank you coffee morning for Museum stewards

On Saturday 4 November, 28 of the Stewards, who had kept the Museum open 
seven days a week for seven months, were warmly welcomed by Chairman, 
Roger Radcliffe, and Shop Manager, Mike Furness, to a “Thank You” Coffee 
Morning at St Agnes Museum. It was a chance for Stewards to meet and chat.

Mike Furness thanked all the Stewards for such a good season, with very 
few problems and many positive comments from visitors. The new shop has 
really improved the Museum’s look. Visitor numbers (4,954) were up about 
300 on last year.

The most visitors welcomed – 851 – were by the Monday Marvels, and the 
best sales day was on 10 August when the Thursday Titans sold £174.35 
worth of goods.  The busiest day for visitors was 9 August when 77 
visitors were welcomed.

Sales in the Shop totalled £9,675, online sales £497, the Coffee Mornings 
£193 and Sunday sales £262.  This gave a total of £10,627, including £795 
in donations and Membership fees.  This was down about £1,300 on last 
year but the difference relates almost exactly to the drop in income 
while the online shop was closed. This gave a profit towards Museum 
funds of approximately £4,000 – or half the Museum’s electricity bill!

Among the Museum stock, the best sellers were Blue Hills tin, with 
Tormark Books in second place and local author Clive Benney’s books in 
third. The Museum had 46 different suppliers, all but four of them Cornish.

The light-hearted team placings were as follows:

  • •  Bronze position with sales of £1494 – the Friday Fireballs
  • •  Silver position with sales of £1626 – the Wednesday Wonders
  • •  Gold position with sales of £1753 – the Thursday Titans.

There was an appreciative round of applause for Mike Furness.

Membership Secretary, Mary Wilson, organised the refreshments which were 
much appreciated.

Our busy 2023 season saw visitors from 25 countries

St Agnes Museum welcomed 4,954 visitors in 2023, a 7.5% increase on last 
year’s total of 4,610. This was very pleasing, especially since there 
were fewer visitors to Cornwall this year. Perhaps we were helped by 
the poor weather and the fact that admission is free. One of the 
abiding memories of visitors’ comments was their universal praise for 
our Stewards.

Visitors came from all over the United Kingdom, with many local 
visitors, some saying that they had lived in St Agnes for many years but 
had not visited before. A good number were repeat visitors. They had 
learned of the Museum in many different ways, but a common theme was the 
signs at the gate.

The Museum was like a mini United Nations with visitors from 25 
different countries signing the Visitors’ Book. Sometimes there was 
only one visitor, as in the case of Chile (someone searching for his 
Gripe ancestor) and Hungary, but there were many more in the most 
represented countries; Australia (37 signatures), the USA (43) and most 
of all, Germany (52). Seventeen States were represented in the USA with 
California having the most visitors (12), while most Australians came 
from Melbourne, one tracing his Tonkin family ancestor.

The comments in the Visitors’ Book were so appreciative of so many 
aspects of the Museum. Here is just a small sample:-

  • St Agnes Museum is an absolute gem.
  • A wonderful and informative visit, researching Family Tree.
  • Loved the surfboards and cuckoo hunt.
  • Love the turtle and the olden days body boards (a young visitor).
  • Fantastic volunteers.
  • Wanted to find out more about Rosemundy House where I was born in 
  • the 1950s.
  • Full of fascinating exhibits displayed with skill, enthusiasm and 
  • creativity. An example to other museums.
  • Great for the kids. They loved the cuckoo trail.
  • We loved the VR. Going to look back in time was amazing.
  • Fantastic records.
  • Interesting to see the Opie paintings.
  • Always a pleasure. A real asset to Cornwall and the World Heritage 
  • Site.
  • Good to see the local GPs contribution acknowledged.
  • Stellar exhibits, wonderful conversation.

Not only did we benefit from visitors in person, we had an outstanding 
response to a submission to the World Heritage Site Facebook page. When 
it was posted on the site on 19 July there were 3,450 viewings. Our 
submission had highlighted the Cuckoo Hunt and the surfboard display in 

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!