Find out about: Callington Heritage Centre

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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.

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  • 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 and toilet facilities are available in Callington Town Centre.

A range of books, documents, records and photographs are available for anyone to view.

Some local history books are also available to purchase.

Exhibitions and Projects

  • Callington Heritage Center Archive Listing

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

Our Next Event

Then and Now History Begins Yesterday

Then and Now History Begins Yesterday

When: 03 April 2015 to 30 October 2015
Where: Callington Heritage Centre

Being a small venue, many items are stored in the archive. These items need regular checks to see that they remain in good condition. It seemed a good idea to exhibit some of these, and next year the exhibition will be themed "Then and Now", showing how once familiar items fell out of use and were replaced. Our oldest items are mineral rocks, with a few "imported strangers", such as the flint recovered from Kit Hill. Maps from the late 18th century onwards show how the town grew, and what still remains in use from this earlier period. Street furniture changed from granite mile stones (some with the government arrow indicating they were cut by prisoners at Dartmoor), with additional names and designs, up to modern characterless sign posts. The market closed and a residential home, called Chyvaras after the market, now stands on the site. New Road was driven right through the hotel on Fore Street, what remains of the hotel is now residential flats and shops. The Tollgate was once just that, a toll gate, decorated with tiles produced in a local works. The tannery, gas works and much sub-standard housing have been demolished. Most of the public houses have new uses. Banners, china, medals and bills recall chapel, friendly societies and businesses which bear new names. It is the history of a small town marked by inevitable gaps and with chance survivals giving it substance. We hope you will be able to visit.

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Our Collections

The centre holds a large selection of images relating to the local area. In the coming year we are planning to exhibit a lot of our more recent photographs, hoping to name as many people in the images as possible. In some cases, then and now images will capture changes withing the local environs.


Calstock Viaduct

This picture shows a sailing boat at the quayside and the wagon lift still in place on the left side of the viaduct. Note the railway lines. Horse power moved the wagons on these. One particularly large horse was known simply as "Great Horse".

Calstock Viaduct

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Admission & Prices

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

Admission free. Donations appreciated.

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