Visit Penlee House & Museum

Penlee House is a Gallery, Museum, Cafe and Shop. Situated within Penlee Park, a space to reflect and great for family visits.

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A space for exhibitions & events

Alongside our Exhibition programme we run a variety of community events and workshops. The Newlyn School and Social history galleries change often. Find out what’s on.

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A space to learn

Penlee House is committed to lifelong learning. We run workshops for all age groups and offer a school workshop programme.

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A space for all

Built in 1865, as the home of the Branwell family. Penlee House is home to many paintings by members of the Newlyn School. It is also home to the Penzance Natural History and Antiquarian Society collection.

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Citizen Curators are volunteers who are on a free work-based training programme in museum awareness and modern curatorial practice.

  • Get hands-on with historic collections.
  • Learn how to create great museum and digital experiences.
  • Introduction to museums and curatorial skills
  • No experience or qualifications needed – just bring your curiosity!
  • Shape and influence the Cornish National Collection
  • Research and share untold and under-represented stories of Cornwall
  • Champion the identity and diversity of Cornish society past and present
  • Monthly day classes, optional training, field trips and events

The programme takes roughly six months to complete and is an introduction to museums and curatorial skills.

The Citizen Curators programme is a partnership between seven museums in Cornwall:

  • Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance
  • Cornwall’s Regimental Museum, Bodmin
  • Wheal Martyn Clay Works, near St Austell
  • Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro
  • Falmouth Art Gallery
  • Museum of Cornish Life, Helston
  • Telegraph Museum, Porthcurno.

Find Out More

To find out more about the programme

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Citizen Curators 2020/2021

Details of how to join Citizen Curators for the 2020/21 session will be released in July 2020.

Citizen Curator Carole with her ceramics display

Click here to download the Cornwall National Collection brief.

Growing confidence and competencies

The Citizen Curators course is based on supporting participants grow their confidence and competence in five key areas of curatorial work. Using a coaching-style of teaching, based on Kolb’s experiential learning cycle, the programme participants will self and peer-assess the change they experience through the 6-month programme, supporting each other in their learning groups (5 per museum, per year).

By learning through doing, each cohort and group will be able to provide invaluable feedback to their museum in areas of the collection that have been obscured or new ideas and stories that have been discovered. Participants learn how to turn one-way conversations into two-way conversations leading to new content, new knowledge and new relationships which the museum will be able to harness in its audience-focused programming.