Sale of books

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 and we’ll endeavour to agree a price, including postage & delivery.

Collection of books about Cornwall
Collection of books

Canadian Memorial Cross update

Late last year the Museum purchased a Canadian Memorial Cross, complete with box and certificate, awarded to St Agnes man, Alfred Noall. It came with a chain which everyone assumed was how it was worn. However, Museum friend and former Steward, Les Donnithorne, is a medal collector and was in touch with a fellow collector in Canada who knew that the correct way for the medal to be worn was with a 10″ purple ribbon. He has generously sent Les the correct ribbon as a donation to the Museum.

Canadian Memorial Cross

We look forward to showing the medal correctly displayed as soon as the Museum can open.

A welcome uplift

In the midst of the second lockdown we were delighted to have some cheerful news when our Assistant Curator, Philip Mitchell, first spotted, and then bid for, Alfred Quick Noall’s Canadian Memorial Cross in a London auction.

Alfred Quick Noall’s Canadian Memorial Cross

Alfred was born in St Ives in 1895 but by 1911 he was a tin dresser living with his parents in St Agnes. His father was a Coastguard and the family lived at 1, Coastguard Station, St Agnes. Alfred was attested for the Canadian Army on 12 April 1916 in Jarvis, Ontario. He joined the Overseas Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force as a Private and was killed in action on 12 September 1917, aged 22. He was buried in the Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France, and is commemorated on both St Agnes War Memorial and the Parish Church War Memorial and Roll of Honour.

He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal as well as the Canadian Memorial Cross.

Philip successfully bid for the silver medal, sold for hammer price of £140, on 12 November 2020. The cost was borne by some very kind donors to whom we are extremely grateful. Until now the Museum did not have a Canadian Memorial Cross.