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

The Friends of Penlee House

Annual Friends Membership is £14.00 single, £21.00 for two people at the same address. Join here!

Registered Charity No. 1001644

The Friends of Penlee House

The Friends is an independent Registered Charity No.1001644 formed in 1987 with the object of supporting Penlee House Gallery and Museum in its cultural and educational activities. The Friends membership is well over 1200, the majority of whom are local, but they also include a significant number of supporters from outside Cornwall and even outside the UK. Download the Constitution here

Benefits of being a Friend

  • Free admission to Penlee House
  • 10% discount on most items in the shop
  • Being part of a friendly, vibrant, award-winning Gallery community
  • ARTeFACT newsletter three times a year keeping you up-to-date with exhibitions, events and acquisitions
  • Invitations to Private Views at the Gallery
  • A monthly lecture programme through most of the year (see Events page for details)
  • Sociable fund-raising events and educational activities

Join the Friends today!

Please click here for a FRIENDS OF PENLEE HOUSE MEMBERSHIP FORM which should be returned to Membership Secretary, Friends of Penlee House, Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Morrab Road, Penzance TR18 4HE, together with a cheque for the relevant amount, made payable to 'The Friends of Penlee House'.

Please click here for a GIFT AID FORM if you are a UK tax payer

Please click here for a DIRECT DEBIT FORM

email if you have any queries.

How the Friends help Penlee House

  • Being partners in the development of the Gallery and its collections
  • Providing funds to assist with the purchase of pictures and artefacts
  • Supporting the Educational work of the gallery
  • Providing volunteer room stewards and workshop helpers
  • Arranging lectures and social fundraising events
  • Offering a charitable vehicle for bequests and donations to Penlee House
  • Sharing information and giving feedback to help Penlee House's work

Who we are

The Friends of Penlee House is run by a Committee of volunteers, elected each year at the AGM.

For details of the current Committee, please click here.

Friends' Survey 2017

What do you want from your association with Penlee House and what can we do to inform and involve you? To find out more, we have devised a short survey. Your views will be anonymous and the survey will provide an analysis of your responses for us. We hope it will help us to understand what is important to you and to provide an informed service to our Friends in the future. Click here to open the survey.

Lecture Series

£4 Friends/ £3 non-members. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Please call 01736 363625 to reserve your place. Lectures start at 7.30pm at Penlee House, unless otherwise stated.

Monday 4 December 2017: 

'Crysede: A Tale of Two Yorkshiremen'. Lecture in memory of Hazel Burston
Janet Axten, St Ives Archive Heritage Manager

Monday 15 January 2018: 

'Two Passions: David Haughton's Vision of St Just and the Conservation of Paintings
Roy Perry, Retired Head of Conservation at Tate

Monday 19 February 2018: 

'Exploring the Landscape: Where Geology and Art Meet
Francis Howie, Cornwall Wildlife Trustee and Geoscientist

Monday 12 March 2018: 

'The Jews of Cornwall'. Lecture in memory of  Professor Charles Thomas
Keith Pearce, Historian and Author 

Monday 16 April 2018: 

'Art and Fishing in Newlyn'
Dr Joanna Mattingly, Historian and Author 

Monday 14 May 2018: 

'Artists Today: What it means to be an artist working in Cornwall'
Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge, Cornwall Contemporary Gallery, with artists Maggie Matthews, David Mankin and Emma McClure 

Wednesday 13 June 2018: 

AGM at 7.00pm in the Zennor Building Lecture Theatre, Truro & Penwith College, St Clare, Penzance TR18 2SA. Followed by a lecture:

'A Social History of the Lamorna Artists'
David Tovey, Historian and Author

Friends' Links

The Friends of Penlee House is a member of the British Association of Friends of Museums (BAfM) Click here for the latest news of BAfM events in the South West.

Artefact magazine

Please contact or telephone 01736 363625 to enquire about back copies of ARTeFACT magazine.


For further information, contact, telephone 01736 363625 or write to The Friends of Penlee House, Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Morrab Road, Penzance TR18 4HE