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

Support Penlee

Did you know that you can give to Penlee House Gallery & Museum through its Friends' charity? Your donation will help Penlee with its education and outreach work, support the collections and help fund new acquisitions.

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Your gift will help Penlee develop its world-class collections for future generations to enjoy.


Legacies are your way of investing in the future.

Perhaps you have have visited Penlee House over the years, enjoying the art and exhibitions or attending lectures or workshops? Leaving a gift in your will can be a simple and inexpensive step in the will-making process, or a codicil can be added to an existing will. It is recommended that making, reviewing or updating your will is done in consultation with a solicitor or legal advisor. Current legislation means that a gift to charity reduces the amount of an estate liable for Inheritance Tax.

Over the years, legacies have allowed Penlee to grow a world-class collection of Newlyn School and Lamorna Group paintings. In the past 5 years alone, voluntary donations have enabled the Gallery to add to its art collection for the public to enjoy; paintings such as Walter Langley's 'Time Moveth Not'; Thomas Cooper Gotch's, 'Ruby'; 'Dinnertime' by Henry Scott Tuke and  'Abbey Slip' by Stanhope Forbes.

For a friendly and informal chat about your intentions, please call the Director Louise Connell on 01736 363625 or email

Appeal: The Penlee Project

Over the years, an ambitious programme of collecting has meant that the art store at Penlee House is full to capacity. New plans propose a simple and elegant solution to create additional storage, extending the cafe as well as a new gallery on the first floor adjacent to Gallery 5. The architects' proposals recommend extending the east elevation on the Morrab Road side of Penlee House, building on the concrete area at the rear of the building. This would have minimal impact on the gardens and on the footprint of the house, retaining its intrinsic character as a Victorian gentleman's residence. 

The total cost of the Penlee development is £2.5 million. We need to raise money wherever we can, so if you love to visit Penlee House and want to see more pictures on display and enjoy more tables in the cafe, please click on 'Donate' and follow the link to our Campaigns page. 

Please Donate Now

£5 will buy art materials for a children's drop-in workshop

£20 will buy a pack of cotton gloves for handling sensitive artworks

£100 will pay for an artist to come in to run an art session

£500 will clean a Newlyn School painting, bringing its original colours back to life.

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