Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance
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NEXT EXHIBITION: Then & Now: An Enchanted Landscape

Photographic Excursions Through West Penwith

17 January - 21 March 2015

Have you ever wondered how much our area has changed over time? This fascinating exhibition, curated by members of Penlee's Photographic  Volunteers group, may hold some of the answers. Taking as its inspiration John Blight's pioneering guide of 1861, 'A Week at Land's End', the exhibition takes the visitor on an intriguing tour following in the footsteps of Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century tourists. A selection of new photographs, specially commissioned for this show, will be shown alongside the historic work, revealing some surprising truths about the changes to West Penwith over the years.

Picture credit ‘Sea Dreams (Mousehole Harbour), by Geraldine Underell, c.1940s

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See our Exhibitions page for more on this and a list of past and future exhibitions


Monday 16 February, 7.30pm. Friends of Penlee Evening Lecture: Martin Page, 'Working Gold in the Bronze Age'. Please telephone 01736363625 to book your place. 

Half term holiday workshop: Enchanted Landscapes
Monday 16th February 10.00am-12.00pm

Our current exhibition Then and Now: An Enchanted Landscape includes old photographs and postcards showing scenes from the local area.  Come along and join artist Tony Johns to create your own postcard from the past, using printouts, drawings and objects to make a 3D collage, and then photographing your scene to produce your own image. 

For ages 7-13.  £4.50 per place.  Booking essential; please contact the gallery on 01736 363625 to book. 

Saturday family drop-in workshops from 2.30pm - 3.30pm - no booking necessary!

Saturday 7 February: Mini Rag Rugs. Come and have a go at making a mini version of the rag rugs people used to furnish their homes.

Saturday 14 February: Radiant Roses. To celebrate Valentine's Day, craft a rose that can last forever using tissue paper and pipe cleaners.

Saturday 21 February: Through the Window. Be inspired by our stained glass window to create your own using coloured cellophane and card.

Saturday 28 February: Fantastic Flags. With St Piran's Day approaching, make your own Cornish flag to wave on the 5th of March.