Perranzabuloe Museum in Perranporth

Perranzabuloe Museum in Perranporth

PERRANZABULOE, meaning 'Perran in the sands', is one of the largest parishes in Cornwall. The biggest centre of population is PERRANPORTH where the Museum is located.

Displays show the development of the area from its earliest beginnings; the arrival of St Piran; the growth of fishing, farming and mining; the development and closure of the railway; to the tourist resort it has become today. We are proud that the first POLDARK stories were written in Perranporth where the author Winston Graham lived for 34 years. Another local personality was Donald Healey. He was born in Perranporth in 1898 and won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1931. He is best remembered for his design of Healey sports car.

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  • Oddfellows Charter for the Tywarnhayle Branch

    Many local families are represented on the Oddfellows board of past members next to this charter.

  • The earliest body boards made in Perranporth in the 1920s

    After the First World War a local undertaker made wooden boards or 'coffin lids' for the new sport of surf bathing.

  • Stool from Nobel's Munitions Factory

    Cligga Head near Perranporth was chosen as a suitable site for munitions works and explosives factory at the beginning of the 20th century. Alfred Nobel created the Nobel Peace Prize, it is believed, to compensate for the destruction his inventions had caused.

  • Banner from Perranwell Sunday School

    Perranwell Chapel is now being developed as a private dwelling. Many chapels in the area have been closed but the influence of Methodism in social events remains, for example 'Faith Suppers' where everyone brings food to share and has faith that there will be enough to go round.

Admission & prices

Donations welcome

Opening Times 2019
Thu 18th April to Thu 31st October
Mon to Fri 10.30 - 16.30
Sat 11.00 - 13.00
We are open on Bank Holidays
Other times by arrangement, allow at least a week's notice

Find us

Located next to the Methodist Church in Ponsmere Road, Perranporth, TR6 0BW, and above the Library.

Museum news

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  • Is Cornwall's oldest mine in Perranporth

    Is Cornwall's oldest mine in Perranporth

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  • Plastic free Perranporth

    Plastic free Perranporth

    Chris Easton welcomed pupils from Goonhavern school to talk to them about the problems of plastic washed up on the beach......

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  • Parking available
  • Toilets On-Site
  • Wheelchair access
  • Childrens activities
  • Gift Shop

* Children's trolley with jigsaws, word searches, quizzes always available.
* Disabled access via stairlift.
* Wheelchair available in gallery with disabled access to toilet facilities.
* Well behaved dogs on a lead welcome at our discretion

Perranzabuloe Museum has won the Cornwall Heritage Award for Audience Initiative for the project called Heritage on the Beach.

University students from the Archaeology, History, English and School of Mines Departments of Exeter University were invited to take part to conduct a survey to find out how much the public understand about the beach and cliffscape at Perranporth, did they understand the mining that went on there.

As well as the students collecting answers to a simple questionnaire at entrances to the beach, Museum volunteers held pop-up talks on the beach for anyone who was interested. The talks included seine fishing, beach art, mining, Poldark’s Perranporth & St Piran.

The Heritage on the Beach survey captured data from 450 beach users and widened the age range and numbers of visitors to the Museum which opened especially for the event.

Oddfellows Hall
Ponsmere Road

T: 01872 573321 during open times

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Perranzabuloe Museum in Perranporth

Oddfellows Hall
Ponsmere Road

Perranporth, CORNWALL TR6 0BW