Trustees’ Gala Lunch

With support from Heritage Lottery Fund, Cornwall Museum’s Partnership are hosting the Trustee’s Gala Lunch on the 18th May at Heartlands. We have secured two amazing and inspirational  keynote speakers for the day – Paula Sussex, the Chief Executive of the Charity Commission and Michael Day, Chief Executive of Historic Royal Palaces. There’s also the opportunity for Trustees to be involved in the ‘Manifesto for Leadership Workshop’, hosted by Sir Ferrers Vyvyan in the morning, with a lovely lunch provided by the Red River Café at Heartlands, and really get involved with a Q&A panel in the afternoon for all things leadership.

Museums and galleries should all have received 2 invitations for the event, if you don’t think your organisation has, and you’re a Trustee interested in attending please get in touch with Clare Pennington at Cornwall Museums Partnership – t. 01209 500750 before the 13th of May.

Catalyst Training Courses continue to offer valuable skills

With four training courses already taken place and twelve more to go, the Catalyst Skills Programme has been successfully delivering high quality skills development to help museums thrive, by maximising their fundraising skills. . The Catalyst workshops are carefully designed, and delivered by highly experienced sector specialists and industry experts. The workshops cover a very wide variety of topics – from marketing, PR and social media, to  finance skills for fundraisers, partnership-working, volunteers and trustees’ role in the fundraising process, and many more; there is always something for everyone. The workshops are significantly subsidised through funding from HLF, which means they only cost £20 (instead of £180) for a full day of skills development.

If you are serious about fundraising and helping your museum shine, then make sure that you secure one of the last few places remaining – 2017 is the last year that the Catalyst Programme will be available in Cornwall.

Next up:

May 9: Marketing and branding – The dark arts

May 10: Digital Magic – Websites, PR and Social Media

June 6: How to take your fundraising digital

June 7: Crowdfunding and other digital fundraising stories

For a full list of our upcoming Catalyst training courses, visit our online shop here.


And in case you didn’t know… All of the Catalyst workshops are organised and delivered by Cornwall Museums Partnership with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of the Catalyst Skills Programme. For further information please contact Yiota, the Catalyst Programme Coordinator, at:

Setting the foundations your project needs

Benjamin Franklin once said, ‘Failure to plan, is planning to fail.’ Everyone knows that its good advice to write a plan when you are embarking on a project of a particular length. Yet many of us don’t know where to start and quickly get too busy to set aside the time to commit anything to paper, let alone get something implemented.

The truth is that a good plan can help you to identify objectives, milestones and breakdown deliverables, which the project can then be measured against. It frees you up to concentrate on the things that really will make a difference, helping you bring people together to achieve better performance and greater efficiency, giving you much better control of what you are doing.

All of these points, and much more will be addressed within our upcoming Firm Foundations Programme. Cornwall Museums PartnershipCornwall Council, K2 Funding and Tate St Ives have launched this new programme, which has been created with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, especially to support to help heritage organisations across Cornwall to successfully deliver heritage construction projects.

Guest Speaker, Tamsin Daniel, Culture Programme Officer at Cornwall Council will be hosting a session dedicated to setting your project foundations. Tamsin will discuss key topics within the planning process including project objectives and business planning, deliverability, viability, managing sponsors and stakeholders, building partnerships and post project management.

Delegates can expect to walk away from the session with a better understanding of how to plan for success and how to survive the process.


About Tamsin

Tamsin Daniel has many years of experience delivering projects within the cultural sector and supporting organisations through the process.  She has been responsible for securing millions of pounds of investment for Cornwall and most recently, has managed two phases of redevelopment at King Edward Mine, bringing derelict Grade II* Listed buildings back in to economic use as work units, a café and new exhibition space.

Tamsin is a member of the culture team in Cornwall Council’s Economic Growth Service and she is also a member of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s South West Committee.

For more information on the Firm Foundations Programme please click here. Alternatively, you can email or call Cornwall Museums Partnership on 01209 500 750.


Funding Success for Royal Cornwall Museum

The Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro has received a major funding boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help realise its ambition of becoming a key cultural attraction in Cornwall and the South West.

This HLF award is a significant milestone supporting the creation of a future plan for the museum and the library which celebrates outstanding Cornish heritage and which meets the needs of visitors head on.

A competitive tender process for a significant contract, thanks to HLF, has resulted in three organisations now being appointed who will consider the visitor experience and how the museum might be adapted to cater for an improved experience for Cornwall’s resident communities as well as tourists. Perfect Moment Culture & Heritage Consultants, Purcell Architects and Tricolor Associates, a specialist in Heritage Interpretation and Audience Development, will be working on plans that bring the museum into the 21st century.

Ian Wall, Director of the Royal Cornwall Museum, said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund which will be added to existing funding from Arts Council England, and delighted at the appointment of the Design Team to help realise our aims. The museum is a custodian of extremely rare objects linked to a rich history especially representing Cornwall’s heritage. With this support the museum is on its first step to develop the museum into a ‘must see attraction”.

Nerys Watts, Head of HLF South West, said: “From Cornish miners, to exploring Cornwall’s unusual relationship with the wider world through one of the most significant emigrations of the 19th Century, the Royal Cornwall Museum can tell us a lot about Cornwall’s story. Thanks to National Lottery players, this project will equip the museum with the skills it needs to rejuvenate the museum so it can be enjoyed and explored by many more people.”

The Royal Cornwall Museum is really interested in hearing everyone’s thoughts and ideas about what changes should be made… to take a survey, give them your ideas and enter a prize draw at the same time, please click here!