Cornwall Museums Partnership is a charity that exists to help people learn about and be inspired by Cornwall’s museum collections.
Museums bring communities together and attract millions of people to visit Cornwall every year. They look after thousands of precious objects, which together tell Cornwall’s unique story. Our charity exists to help ensure that museums in Cornwall thrive long into the future for the benefit of everyone who lives and visits here.
We are changing the culture of museums by helping them to be more open, to be better connected to one another and to their communities. We broker partnerships between museums and arts organisations, public, private and voluntary sector bodies to help them to reach new people and develop new skills.
We provide advice on all areas of best practice for museum staff, volunteers and governing bodies.
From fundraising advice to small grants, we help museums to secure funds and diversify their income. We have a proven track record in fundraising, from small projects to large capital redevelopments.
We help volunteers and staff to develop and share their skills, to help museums thrive. We offer high quality training in Cornwall on a host of topics from collections care to volunteer management.
We are specialists in collaboration, advising cultural organisations on many aspects of partnership working. Our team has expertise in all areas of museum practice and our consultancy services are not restricted to accredited museums.
Cornwall Museums Partnership supported three museums to work with artists to develop new programmes, which enhance the health and wellbeing of older people.
It's been wonderful to reach out to the community, bringing the museum to people who aren't able to physically get there.Shelly Hodgson, Artist
Cornwall Museums Partnership worked closely with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to develop the Catalyst Skills Programme to grow museum’s fundraising skills and capacity. The team at Wheal Martyn were one of the first museums to benefit from this innovative skills training programme.
Since participating in the programme the workforce now has better understanding of the museum’s needs and are motivated and inspired to make a real difference.Colin Vallance, Managing Director of Wheal Martyn
Cornwall Museums Partnership supported a series of community engagement projects in partnership with a range of arts organisations. In 2016 a new choral piece was commissioned, inspired by Royal Cornwall Museums collections. The new work, ‘A Story of Cornwall’, was learnt and later performed by a local band, choir, and two schools to a packed audience at the museum.
The collaboration of all the different communities that took part meant the project exceeded my original expectations.Nick Hart, Composer and Conductor
Penlee House Museum and Gallery have been working with young people from Mounts Bay Academy, delivering workshops and taking over the gallery with music and dance performances for Takeover Day. Cornwall Museums Partnership supported the project as part of our community engagement initiative.
Takeover Day really helps to bring young people to gallery, helping them to become enthused whilst taking ownership of their own creative projects.Louise Connell, Director of Penlee House
Museums create moments of wonder that enrich our lives. They help to shape how people feel about the places in which they live work and play. We help support museums to thrive in challenging times by showcasing why these institutions are so important to Cornwall's economy.
Museums play a vital role in our communities, providing activities, events, and places to learn new skills.
Museums in Cornwall provide inspiring learning experiences for all ages.
Museums attract over 22% of the annual 4.5 million visitors each year to Cornwall. This has helped deliver almost £2 billion into the local economy.