Find out about: Bodmin Town Museum

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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.


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As always there is the popular quiz for children.

We regret that disabled access is restricted. Please phone for advice

  

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Facilities

  • Childrens activities

    Family friendly

  • Gift Shop

    Gift Shop

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.

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Our Collections

The Museum houses a rich heritage of artifacts and collections that tell the story of Bodmin from the earliest times.

Displays of material relating to social life, trade and transport, rocks and minerals, the World Wars, Cornish kitchen, Law and Order.

 

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.

The Belling Lantern Clock

The Blacksmith

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.

The Blacksmith

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.

World War I Commemorative Exhibition
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Admission & Prices

ADMISSION FREE

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.