Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance
The artistic heart of West Cornwall's history

What's On
at Penlee


To see what's been happening at some of the events held at Penlee House please click here to visit our events gallery.  

Quizzes and trails will keep the young'uns happy on their visit, as well as the colouring table in the local history gallery... also, don't miss:

Drop-in family activities in the Gallery - get arty!

Look out for drop-in family art and craft activities every Saturday afternoon from 2.30pm - 3.30pm in the exhibition gallery. Be inspired by the pictures on show in the current exhibition and have a go at making something to take home. There's a different activity every week and all materials are supplied. FREE and open to all - including grown-ups! (children must be accompanied).
 
Penlee House Gallery and Museum is now an accredited Learning Destination for the Children's University in Cornwall - attend a drop-in workshop and get one stamp for your Passport to Learning! Don't forget to bring your passport on the day.


Beneath the surface: Penzance Literary Festival 'Fringe' at Penlee House

We're pleased to be supporting once again the Penzance Literary Festival with a series of 'fringe' events at Penlee House.  The theme for this year's festival is'underground'; with that in mind we invite you to delve deeper into our collections and explore how they can be used to inspire words. 

For more information on the Penzance Literary Festival please visit www.pzlitfest.co.uk

 

 

Unearthing the Past: the museum as muse

Wednesday 6th July 10.30am-12.30pm

Historian and historical novelist, or gamekeeper turned poacher, Steph Haxton has always looked into the past for inspiration.  In both roles, she tells history - or her-story - using the historical evidence uncovered in her research.  This workshop will explore ideas inspired by the paintings, pieces and people associated with Penlee House Gallery & Museum to get creative ideas flowing.  Open to all, from beginners to more experienced writers, Steph will share her experiences of exploring artefacts and telling tales.  Short stories, long stories, poetry or prose, all you need is a notepad and pen to go wherever the muse(um) takes you! 

Steph Haxton is the author of Exposed to All Villainies, the story of three Cornish women set during the Civil War and the siege of Pendennis Castle.  The sequel, A Cord of Three Strands, is currently available on Amazon Kindle and will be launched in paperback at Penzance Literary Festival on 8th July. www.stephhaxton.com

Cost: £10.00 including admission to the gallery and refreshments

Booking essential – please phone Penlee House on 01736 363625

Mining Memory

Thursday 7th July 5.30pm-7.00pm

Prize-winning poet Katrina Naomi will be discussing how she uses memory in her writing, including her latest collection of poetry The Way the Crocodile Taught Me (published by Seren in 2016).  She will consider the ethics of writing about other people and examine how far we need to stay true to our memories in the search for a good piece of writing, be that a poem, story or novel.  She will also look at combining memory with art as an inspiration for writing.  The talk will feature poetry readings and time for questions and discussion with the audience, and will take place in the evocative atmosphere of Penlee House Gallery & Museum, with time to explore the collections and memories held in its exhibitions. 

Katrina Naomi’s poetry has appeared in The TLS, The Spectator and The Poetry Review, and has been broadcast on Radio 4. Previous publications include: Hooligans (Rack Press, 2015), The Girl with the Cactus Handshake (Templar Poetry), Charlotte Brönte’s Corset (Brönte Society), and Lunch at the Elephant and Castle (Templar Poetry).  Katrina holds a PhD in creative writing from Goldsmiths, is a Hawthornden Fellow, and a freelance tutor for Falmouth University and the Poetry School.  www.katrinanaomi.co.uk

Cost: £5.00 including admission to the gallery for an out-of-hours viewing

Booking essential – please phone Penlee House on 01736 363625

FREE family fun to celebrate Penzance Literary Festival

No need to book; drop in any time.  Children must be accompanyied by an adult. 

Saturday 2nd July 2.30pm-3.30pm

Build-a-book

Words can be spoken, written or sung, but many of our favourite stories are found in books.  Get ready to celebrate the Penzance Literary Festival by creating your very own hand-made book.  Design a cover, bind with a ribbon, and fill with ideas, stories, poems or prose. 

Saturday 9th July 1.30pm-3.30pm

Words on the wave

Join us in creating poems, pictures and spoken word inspired by our latest exhibition of marine paintings.  From bobbing boats to ragged rocks, dive beneath the waves of our sea of sound and vision! 


Festival of Archaeology - we're going prehistoric!

The national Festival of Archaeology runs this year from 16th - 31st July.  You might not have realised it, but there's an amazing archaeology collection at Penlee House, with some particularly brilliant prehistoric objects.  Come and explore the collections and join in with some prehistoric fun!  

For more information on the Festival of Archaeology please visit www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk

Buried treasures: FREE family fun at Penlee!

No need to book; drop in any time between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.  Children must be accompanyied by an adult. 

Saturday 16th July

Bronze Age beauties

Come and see if you can find the wonderful golden lunula (necklace) from the Bronze Age.  This amazing piece of jewellery is about 4500 years old!  Try your hand at crafting a version of your own to take home. 

Saturday 23rd July

Captivating coins

Have a look at the ancient coins in the archaeology collection and then create your own design on our special copper paper. 

Saturday 30th July

Megalithic monuments

The remains of ancient Cornwall are not just found below ground; there are many reminders which you can still see if you’re out and about today.  Find out more about these astonishing monuments and create a model of one of them. 

Plus...try your hand at prehistoric painting as we turn the Coach House walls into cave walls...and explore the collections further by getting ‘hands-on’ with our replica artefacts.

In their footsteps: Guided tours of Prehistoric Penwith

The spectacular exhibition of prehistoric pottery, tools, models and plans at Penlee House Gallery & Museum may awake your curiosity to see where they were found.  Some sites, like Chysauster, are well sign-posted and preserved by English Heritage, but many are difficult to find and have no interpretation boards to aid visitors.  Join us on a guided tour to explore some of the monuments of Prehistoric Penwith with experienced local guide Adrian Rodda. 

Wednesday 20th July

Meeet at 10.00am at Penlee House Gallery & Museum

This full-day, walk-and-drive tour will visit sites along the B3312 road, Madron to Morvah, including the iconic Madron Holy Well, Lanyon Quoit, Men-an-tol, Nine Maidens Stone Circle and Chun Castle and Quoit. 

Car sharing may be arranged and people without their own cars may be offered lifts.  Please bring a picnic lunch. 

Wear good walking shoes or walking boots, bring sunscreen and rain protection, water and snacks. A camera will help you to make memories of the day and binoculars will help you to appreciate the scenery and birdlife of these beautiful moorlands. Dogs should be kept on leads in most places, but the guide will advise when it will be safe to let them off.

Cost: £10.00 (includes admission voucher to the gallery)

Booking essential; please phone the gallery on 01736 363625 to book

Thursday 28th July

Meet at 2.00pm at Chapel Carn Brea car park

This half-day tour will visit Carn Euny Holy Well, the Iron Age settlement and fogou, with the possibility of extending the walk to a hill fort or across the moors of Bartinney. 

To get to the car park at the base of Chapel Carn Brea (SW 389.283); take A30 towards Lands End, turn right at Crows-an-wra and the car park is on your left at the top of the hill, just after a sweeping corner. 

Wear good walking shoes or walking boots, bring sunscreen and rain protection, water and snacks. A camera will help you to make memories of the day and binoculars will help you to appreciate the scenery and birdlife of these beautiful moorlands. Dogs should be kept on leads in most places, but the guide will advise when it will be safe to let them off.

Cost: £6.00 (includes admission voucher to the gallery)

Booking essential; please phone the gallery on 01736 363625 to book


Tick-Tock-Time for Little Fingers!

Free creative sessions for pre-school children aged from two and a half upwards and their parents and carers, run by educator Jo Lumber. Enjoy stories, rhymes, making and doing as we explore the wonderful paintings and treasures at Penlee. Step into Tick-Tock-Time! Sessions will take place every month, from 1:00 to 2:30pm. 

For more information and to book a place, please call 01736 363625 or emailinfo@penleehouse.org.uk


Friends' Lecture Programme 2015/2016

Lectures take place at 7:30pm at Penlee House (unless otherwise stated). Admission: Members £2.00, Non-members £3.00. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL: Tel. 01736 363625.

Wednesday 15 June

AGM 7:00pm, Zennor Building Lecture Theatre (Friends-only event): followed by a lecture

Sam Smiles: Turner in the West

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