Bodmin Town Museum
Bodmin Town Museum is situated on the lower ground floor of The Public Rooms which are on the site of Bodmin's Franciscan Friary. Displays for 2016 include: 1.
Major commemorative World War I display; periscope to see and hear the sounds of life in the trenches. 2. Introduction to World War I from the assassination to the Christmas truce of 1914; 3. Some fascinating and curious artefacts from our collection; 4. A brief history of education in Bodmin; 5. Significant events of 1916; 6. Local worthies. 7. Small rolling display of then & now Bodmin Streets. ****** As always there is the popular quiz for children. We regret that disabled access is restricted. Please phone for advice
The Belling Lantern Clock
Cornwall in the 18th and 19th centuries possessed many clockmakers. Indeed, the 1831 Census records 83 watch and clockmakers at work in the county. Amongst these, one of the most well known, was Belling of Bodmin. The Bellings worked between 1706 and 1850.
In 1831 there were sixteen blacksmiths, four wheelwrights and a farrier in the borough. The skills of the blacksmith often included those of the wheelwright and the farrier. In the blacksmith's shop a fire was kept burning in the hearth by the skillful use of bellows. With the coming of the car, the blacksmith turned his hand to engines instead of horses eventually becoming the garage mechanic.
World War I Commemorative Exhibition
Major Heritage Lottery funded WWI exhibition featuring Private James Henry Finn VC, his medals and story. Also other stories about local families involved in WWI. A periscope feature shows visitors what a soldier would have seen and heard in the trenches.
Admission & prices
Open 21st March 2016 to end of September:
Mon-Fri 10.30-4.30: Sat 10.30-2.30.
October 10.30-2.30. Closed Sundays & Bank Holidays.
Bodmin Town Museum is situated on the lower ground floor of The Public Rooms on Mount Folly square in the centre of the town.
There are two public paying car parks nearby: one behind the Public Rooms and another 50 metres away in Priory Park.
There are cafes, pubs and parking nearby. Take the steps from Mount Folly to reach the main shopping street, Fore Street, and the pretty pedestrianized Honey Street.
The Tourist Information Centre is in Shire Hall which is also on Mount Folly.
Bodmin Town Museum is run entirely by volunteers.
Admission is free, but donations to Museum funds are always welcome.
Bodmin, PL31 2HQ
T: 01208 77067
Bodmin, PL31 2HQ, CORNWALL PL31 2DQ