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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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Penlee Inspired Online 2020: A Digital Exhibition

Welcome to our first digital exhibition! Penlee Inspired Online 2020 celebrates the public’s artistic responses to Penlee House’s collections of art and artefacts.

During Lockdown we invited the public to get creative at home using the collections at Penlee House as inspiration and we have been amazed by the response. Entrants have produced paintings, photographs, drawings, poetry, prose and more! Some have been inspired by our weekly Penlee Inspired Challenges, shared through social media; some through our series of ‘Invitations to Create’ videos; and some by their memories of visits to the Gallery.

With close to a hundred entries, we have arranged the exhibition by the original painting or object from the collections. This allows you to see the pieces which inspired our contributors alongside their works. It also highlights the variety of responses to each painting or object, the wealth of creativity amongst our participants, and the enduring power and relevance of the earlier artworks.

List of ‘inspired by’ artworks:

You can click on an image to see the full picture of an artwork.

Zandvoort Fishergirl

Mary The Fisher Girl
A poem by Rosalyn English


Ruby

Inspired by Ruby – Thomas Cooper Gotch
A poem by Susan V Squibb


Aunt Lilla

My Aunt
A poem by Rosalyn English

Aunt Lilla
A poem by Adrian Rodda


Penzance Harbour (All Around)


Forty Winks

Forty Winks
A short story by Penelope Manford


French Crabbers

The Fishing Line
A poem by Rosalyn English


Girl in Blue

The Girl In Blue
A poem by Adrian Rodda


In a Cornish Fishing Village – Departure of the Fleet for the North

The Fleet Sails North
A poem by Adrian Rodda


School is Out

Go Little Children
A poem by Rosalyn English

School’s Out
A poem by Adrian Rodda


Eyes and No Eyes

Old Ben The Sail Maker
A poem by Rosalyn English

Eyes and No Eyes
A poem by Adrian Rodda


The Rain It Raineth Every Day

The Rain it Raineth Every Day
A poem by Roland Gurney


Abbey Slip


Additional Works

The Battle of Nothing
A poem by Henry Purbrick

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Penlee House is a beautiful art gallery and museum, set within sub-tropical gardens, with a great café.

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Our vibrant exhibition programme celebrates the nationally important art and history of West Cornwall.

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From school visits to family activities, talks and walks, there are plenty of learning opportunities at Penlee House.

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