Open 16 March - 8 June
Monday to Saturday (closed Sundays)
10.30 am - 4.30 pm
(last admission 4.00pm)
Admission £4.50 adults,
under 18s FREE
ADMISSION FREE ON SATURDAYS
From Easter Saturday
to 30 September:
10.00am - 5.00pm
(last admission 4.30pm)
WINNER Cornwall Tourism Awards GOLD
South West Tourism Excellence Awards GOLD
During my visit to Penlee House Museum and Gallery, I have participated in the following activities: Object handling, Help with School visits (Home Schooled, and St. Uny Primary), Stewarding and Mailing, Personally, my favourite task has been Stewarding, this is down to communication (you get opportunities to inform people of the history behind various paintings, but also because you get to sit and read!).
The reason for my trip was Work experience – I needed a placement, and I didn’t just want to settle for a local newsagent e.g. – I am also a history enthusiast, so this particular venue was outstanding; and would have been my first choice anyway.
I was thrilled, when I arrived at Penlee House; this was down to the amount of displays that housed different artefacts (even though my preference in history is 20th century). My personal favourite is in the store cupboard oddly enough and is a stuffed King Cobra, fighting a stuffed Mongoose: this was from the Victorian era. The reason that I found this interesting is, because as well as 20th century history, I have a passing interest in Victorian explorers, particularly the British Empire as another example.
History aside, the atmosphere has been great, and I have felt welcomed and a member of the team since day one. The politeness from members of the team has been exceptional, and I cannot wait for another excuse to get myself down here!
I will miss the conversations I and the staff have had. The only thing that I am keen to leave behind, Is the dreaded mailing!
I had a great experience this week working at Penlee
House, I did loads of things including, Stewarding, Asking people to fill out questionnaires,
Photography, Working in the shop, Arranging Easter Activities and Changing
around some of the cases in the Social History Museum. My favourite part of the
week was definitely helping Katie Herbert with filling an empty display case
with Troika pottery, I also enjoyed choosing a new set of old post cards with
Jeremy Rice, to be put in to another display case.
We had two local schools come in for workshops;
Trannack School did a workshop about Penlee House and were met by ‘Mrs Branwell’(Katherine
Ashton), ‘The Cook’ (Liz Harman) and ‘The Housekeeper’ (Rose Edwards), they had
some question and answers, then had to guess what the mystery objects were and
who the belonged to. Nancledra School had a different workshop; Katherine took
them in to Gallery Five and explained to them about the Newlyn School of Art,
it was then that ‘Betsy Lanyon’ (played by Liz Harman) came in “looking for a
painting of herself”, the kids then had a go at drawing her and asking
questions. Once ‘Betsy’ had left, they were split it groups and had to guess
the mystery object (the Chamber Pot caused quite a bit of excitement!)
I also enjoyed photographing the exhibitions for
Jeremy and found I was surprisingly good at it! Throughout the experience I have
thoroughly enjoyed myself and would like to thank all the staff for a great
Penlee House Gallery has recently signed up to the 'Kids in Museums' manifesto. The organisation's website states, "Kids in Museums is an independent charity dedicated to making museums open and welcoming to all families, in particular those who haven't visited before. With a dedicated Board of Trustees and an exciting range of events, partnerships and initiatives, Kids in Museums gives families visiting museums and galleries across Britain a dynamic and powerful voice. The Kids in Museums Manifesto and the Family Friendly Museum Award have been incredibly successful ways of encouraging and guiding museums and galleries across the country to make family visits engaging and enjoyable."
Look out for more family friendly events and activities at Penlee House!
Year 1 at St. Mary's CE Primary school, Penzance recently visited us, and these are just some of the fantastic pictures they drew of 'Betsy Lanyon'.
The week I have spent working with Penlee House has been fun, friendly and very interesting I was surprised by how much work goes on behind the scenes of a company like this; Before I came I thought it would be Simple and not much to do. But I was proved wrong…the first day was one of the best; the Introduction and Tour showed me how much effort and team work is put in. It was so fascinating to see what really goes on and how everything is put together.
I was given a timetable which showed me what I would be doing throughout the week, this was a really good structure and gave me a vague Idea what I would be doing. There was a great variety of jobs I was taking part in; from visiting a Jewish cemetery too Housekeeping. Visiting the Jewish cemetery was a great experience, I found this really interesting for my own benefits. I was also aware how Katherine and John approached this customer and how they showed her around and gave her as many details as possible. This trip was fun, interesting and it helped me gain people skills throughout it. Another job I really enjoyed was working at the shop with Vicky and Stuart, they were both very friendly and helped me to learn how to use the shop till, this took quite a long time and a lot of patience but now I roughly know how to use it. I do feel rather sorry for Vicky and Stuart having to teach me this; as I’m not very good at that sort of stuff. But it was SO much fun and I did learn a lot from working there for a few hours.
My week included many activates such as:
Introduction & Tour
Witnessing a staff meeting
Working at the shop
Visiting a Jewish cemetery
Over all I had a great week, everybody was really helpful and kind and I would definitely recommend it to other students interested in this industry. I learnt a lot about maintaining a successful, organised and friendly gallery and museum and had a huge amount of fun.
Yoann Tregaro from College Saint-Gildas in Brittany has been with us this week, and has been a tremendous help with stewarding, working in the shop, photographing exhibitions and generally being an excellent asset to the gallery! Here is what he has to say about the week:
"The Work Experience in Penlee House is very interesting because you do a lot of things, in different places and with different people:
-Someone presents you the museum (the exhibition, the store…) and you learn a lot.
-You do some stewarding in the gallery, it isn’t boring because you can speak with the people who are visiting the exhibition.
-You can see a visit of a group or a school and you observe that all the children are very happy and interested in the exhibition.
-You discover a lot of jobs and techniques (the work in the little shop, how to store pottery or other things in the store, how hold different old objects, the description of pictures and how recognize the place or the date…).
-You take pictures of the exhibition so you can remember how it looks.
This museum is very interesting and the exhibition is beautiful, moreover, all the people who work in Penlee House are very very nice".
Many many thanks Yoann for all your help. Come back and see us again!
Our art workshop for adults, 'Paper Mosaics', was a great success. It was well attended, and the participants produced some fabulous work, inspired partly by Penlee House Gallery and and the collection. Many thanks to Sue Kinley for her leadership of the workshop, and her creative and inspiring ideas.
Indications are that further workshops for adults would be welcome - so keep an eye on our 'What's On - Events' page.
by Mary Davis, Humphry Davy School
Class 3 from Mabe CP School visited us for our 'Betsy Lanyon' workshop, where they met 'Betsy', a Newlyn fishwife, and learned about her life and the pilchard fishing industry in the 1890s. They were shown around the social history museum and took part in a 'Museum Detective' activity with handling objects. Here's what they had to say about their trip:
'Treasures from the Earth' in line for Clore Award for Museum Learning!
Last year, Penlee House Gallery and Museum's education team ran a series of archaeology workshops for children to coincide with the touring exhibition 'Treasures from the Earth.' Over 200 children took part in activities ranging from an archaeological 'dig', to Iron Age coin and pot making, storytelling and flintknapping. Two talks for adults also proved popular. Now the project could be in line for a major national award, as the longlist for the Clore Award for Museum Learning is announced.
The Award is administered by the Museum Prize Trust, created by the Art Fund, the Campaign for Museums, the Museums Association and National Heritage. It celebrates quality museum and gallery learning with chidren and young people and recognises achievements in learning programmes which develop the skills, knowledge, values and enjoyment of the participants.
Penlee is sharing the honours with nine other organisations nationwide, including the V & A, the Geffrye Museum, the Whitworth Art Gallery and the Yorkshire Museum.
The shortlist will be announced in May, with the £10,000 Award being made at a ceremony in London in June. Fingers crossed - and watch this space!
For more information on the Clore Award for Museum Learning, visit the Art Fund Prize website at www.artfundprize.org.uk