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

The Friends of Penlee House

From April 2018, Annual Friends Membership is £18.00 single, £27.00 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 1500, making it one of the largest Friends' organisations outside London.

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 below, Lecture Series)
  • 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.

Data Protection

The Friends of Penlee House takes data protection very seriously and will not share any of your personal details with a third party without your consent. To read our data protection privacy statement, please click here.

Lecture Series

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

Coming up:


Monday 17th Sept

A Day in the Life of a Book Conservator, The Team from PZ Conservation

Monday 15th Oct                                                                

Many Hued: Images of Above and Underground in Penwith, John Scott Martin, Artist

Monday 12th Nov 

Behind the Scenes at the Gallery, Henrietta Boex, Director, Falmouth Art Gallery 


Monday 21st Jan

The Gibson Family of Photographers, John Edwards, Author: 'The Gibsons, Master Photographers of Victorian Cornwall'                                                       

Monday 25th Feb                                                                

The Adventures of Capt Denys Garstin MC, DSO, Artist, Poet & Diplomat, Andrew Gordon, Historian and Author

Monday 25th March

Antiques and the Life of an Auctioneer, Guy Haskell, Auctioneer at W.H Lane & Son

Monday 15th April                                                                         

Albert Reuss in Mousehole: The Artist as Refugee, Susan Soyinka, Author

Monday 13th May   

TBC, Anna Renton, Director, Penlee House

Wednesday 12th June                                                      

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

Munnings in Cornwall, Catherine Wallace, Art Historian and Author

No booking required. No admission charge.

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