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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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Anna Renton

Director

Anna Renton

Director

Contact about managerial and policy issues, marketing, gifts or bequests or any general matters to do with the funding and running of Penlee House.

I have chosen this photograph of elephants walking down Chapel Street, Penzance in 1913. This incredible sight was captured by photographer William Colenso, whose photographs are part of Penlee House’s large photographic collections. The amazing photography collection includes thousands of images by different photographers, including John Branwell, Francis Frith, James Valentine, Gibson & Sons, Robert Preston and Harry Penhaul. The photographs document the life and times of people living in West Cornwall in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well as capturing Penwith’s beautiful landscape.

Get in touch with Anna

Katie Herbert

Curator

Katie Herbert

Curator

Contact about the collections, exhibition and long-term loans or research projects.

My favourite thing about Penlee House is the painting Zandvoort Fishergirl by Elizabeth Forbes, because people said it looked like me when I was younger!

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Sandra Paternotte

Administrator

Sandra Paternotte

Administrator

Contact about bookings for group and school visits and Friends membership queries.

My favourite thing about Penlee House is the picture The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Elizabeth Forbes: I think she is a hugely underrated talent and often better than her more famous husband, Stanhope.

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Zoe Burkett

Education Officer

Zoe Burkett

Education Officer

Contact to discuss education visits, use of loan boxes, children’s workshops and outreach talks and learning activities.

My favourite thing about Penlee House is the archaeology gallery, particularly these Stone Age hand axes.  These are some of the oldest things on display in Penlee.  I love the tangible link they provide to our human ancestors.

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Richard Nesham

Technical Officer

Richard Nesham

Technical Officer

Contact about technical issues relating to the museum and gallery.

My favourite thing about Penlee House is the 1930s Railway Poster of Penzance where the sun is always shining!

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David Trevivian

Visitor Services & Security Officer

David Trevivian

Visitor Services & Security Officer

Contact about volunteering at Penlee House and about security and front of house matters.

My favourite thing about Penlee House is the VC awarded to Joseph Trewavas, because it was one of the first ever awarded, made from the metal of captured Russian guns and given to this Mousehole man by Queen Victoria herself – that’s an amazing piece of history.

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Maisy-Sky Lumbers

Digital Apprentice

Maisy-Sky Lumbers

Digital Apprentice

Get in touch with Maisy-Sky

Shevie Moyle

Shop Manager

Shevie Moyle

Shop Manager

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Ewan Wilson

Retail Assistant

Ewan Wilson

Retail Assistant

Naomi Cain

Retail Assistant

Naomi Cain

Retail Assistant