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Callington Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre is housed in an old chapel within the Town Cemetery. This building dates from the latter half of the 19c but has recently been refurbished.

Small but friendly. Internet connected and WiFi freely available on request.

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  • Parking available

    Parking Available

  • Toilets On-Site

    Toilets On-Site

  • Wheelchair access

    Wheelchair Access

  • Childrens activities

    Family friendly

  • Gift Shop

    Gift Shop

Roadside parking is free outside the Heritage Centre on Liskeard Road.

Refreshments facilities are available in Callington Town Centre.

Connected to the internet and WiFi freely available.

Books and documents available to view.

Exhibitions and Projects

  • Callington Heritage Centre Archive Listing

    28 June 13 to 31 December 16
    Where: Callington Heritage Center

Our Next Event

The Development of Free Education for All

When: 25 March 2016 to 28 October 2016
Where: Callington Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre opens  to the public on Fridays during its open season from 25th March until 28th October, on Fridays between the hours of 10.00 and 16.00. Also opening on the first Saturday in the month from 10.00 - 13.00

This years main exhibition will examine education in Callington. Education not being freely available until it became a legal obligation to provide for all, and it became a legal obligation to attend school. 

There is some evidence that there was a provision for a "free" grammar school in Callington as early as 1814, but this evidence is sketchy and the benefactor hard to determine. Schooling was mainly dependent on an ability to pay at point of provision and freedom to attend was an issue while child labour was acceptable. Even after WWI many schools accepted that many children would be needed to help with harvests, and holidays were "tailored to fit" this fact of life.

We will be displaying group school photographs, now a thing of the past, which will be of interest to those who went to the local schools. For the general public this exhibition will be a reminder of the amazing changes in teaching practices in a short space of time. Those of us who remember the black board duster as an "attention seeker" (teachers developed amazing accuracy with this weapon) will find they no longer fit behind an infant desk!

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Our Collections

Volunteers from Callington Heritage Centre will be attending the South East Cornwall Museums Forum family History Day on Saturday 21st May as detailed in the poster shown here. We hope you will be able to come along and see what our museum group can offer you.

Callington Heritage Centre has a new exhibition each year. This year, using items from the archive, plus those generously loaned by our membership and the wider public, we are concentrating on education. Relating to Callington it is still of interest as this is a widespread experience for old and young.


Family History Day 21st May 2016

Callington Heritage Centre will be attending this event. We hope you will be able to come as it is a great opportunity to meet a wide variety of organisations which hold our heritage in store, ready and waiting for us to access it.

Family History Day 21st May 2016

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Admission & Prices

Opening times: Fridays 10.00 - 16.00 and first Saturday in each month from 10.00 - 13.00, Easter to the end of October

Admission free but donations are much appreciated.

Parties by arrangement: A nominal charge of £25 is made for special opening: Contact Kay on 01579 383209 or email