Helston Museum

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Helston Museum was established in 1949 and is housed in a large listed building, formerly the Butter and Egg Market, Cattle Market and Drill Hall in the centre of Helston. The deceptively small entrance leads into five display halls on two floors, bursting with exhibits reflecting the history of Helston and the surrounding area. With one of the best social history, photograph and costume collections in the South West, Helston museum is a fascinating and FREE experience, where you are guaranteed a warm welcome from staff and volunteers.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Heritage site, Archive

Opening hours

Standard Opening Times:

Monday - Saturday
10am - 4pm

Holiday Opening Times:

Closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday
December 24th - January 2nd

Admission charges



  • Museums Association

Additional info

Free Admission, Full Disabled Access.
Toilets and baby changing.
Dogs on leads welcome.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Land Transport, Maritime, Music, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Book Launch “The Serpent's Root” by M. J. Logue

  • 17 May 2016 12-1pm

Described by the Historical Novel Society as... "A set of characters who are whole, who, in the midst of war, carry on life as if battles were an inconvenience to be met head on and who fight because, well, that's what they do... You will understand what ordinary soldiers experienced as part of an army, the hardships and the camaraderie. And you will have come to know some wonderful characters."
M.J. Logue - Writer, mad cake lady, re-enactor, historian. Has been slightly potty about the Army of Parliament for around 20 years, and lists amongst my heroes in this unworthy world Sir Thomas Fairfax, Elizabeth Cromwell and John Webster (for his sense of humour.)

When not purveying historically-accurate cake to various re-enactment groups across the country, M.J. Logue can usually be discovered practising in her garden with a cavalry backsword. She moved to Cornwall from Lancashire with two cats and a box full of books in 2002, and since then has acquired another three cats, a house full of books, a husband, and a small boy. She also thinks that the English Civil War is much more interesting than the present day, and is on a mission to make it so for more people.

The Serpent's Root, set in the turbulent Cornwall of 1646, is the fifth book in the Uncivil Wars series, which follows the adventures of a troop of Parliamentarian cavalry from their inception in Warwickshire in 1642, to the execution of the King in 1649.
Come along to the museum and talk about apple and orange pill tart recipes, Thomas Fairfax's remarkably fine eyes, the siege of St Michael's Mount, Restoration corsetry, or the best way to get bloodstains out of linen.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free, donations welcome!



Helston Museum
Market Place
TR13 8TH








01326 564027

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