About Us


Lostwithiel was founded in the twelfth century by the Norman lords who lived in Restormel Castle. The town prospered as the centre for the administration, testing and export of tin.

Lostwithiel grew in importance becoming the county town of Cornwall and home to the county's most significant port.

The museum is housed in a listed Georgian building on Fore Street. It was originally the Corn Exchange. It has also been a school-room, a butchers, then a magistrate's court and the town jail. Nowadays the building houses the Guildhall above the museum.

Founded in 1972, it is now is now a fully accredited museum and a registered charity, which is run entirely by volunteers.

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  • Wheelchair access

    Wheelchair Access

  • Childrens activities

    Family friendly

  • Gift Shop

    Gift Shop

*Parking in the street, quayside and free town car-park. Lots of independent shops in the town.

* We sell a number of our own publications.

* The main room is fully accessible, but the rear room has limited access.

*Children's dressing-up box.

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Our Collections

You will find a variety of:

* Domestic objects.

* Craft and agricultural tools.

* Local Ceramics.

* War-time memorabilia.

* Law and Order.



* We have a reference section on the town's history. It includes census details to help people studying their family history, as well as a photographic collection documenting the town's social history since the early days of photography.


18thC Merryweather Fire Engine

This is the largest exhibit in the museum. It was originally given to the town by the Earl Edgcumbe

18thC Merryweather  Fire Engine

Law and Order

This cabinet houses the stocks used in the town during the 18/19thC. Also on display are items from local policing and Cornwall Constabulary.

Law and Order

Model/toy of World War 1 Field Ambulance

This is a small but charming primitive toy.

Model/toy of World War 1 Field Ambulance

Pottery Display Case

A mixed display case showing pottery and domestic items.

Pottery Display Case
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Admission & Prices

We will open from 11th April 2016

11.00 - 4.00 Monday - Friday. Unfortunately we are at present unable to open on Saturdays.

During our closed period we can open for local events and festivals. Pre-booked visits can also be arranged.

Admission is free - but donations are welcomed.