Book your place now to hear about Brilliant Things

Brilliant Things celebrates the brilliant things happening in Cornwall and brings you the latest in best practice from elsewhere.

On Thursday 28 June, we’ll be talking diversity, leadership, activism, participation and making change happen. We’ll be hearing from the makers and do-ers, the dreamers and believers, from museum staff and volunteers to cultural leaders and activists. The conference has been supported by Arts Council England’s Changemakers programme.

With a smorgasbord of presentations, talks, demonstrations and debates; find out more about how our new Museum Strategy can help you, get hints and tips for engaging with neuro-diverse and under-represented audiences, and hear how local communities are making organisational change happen.  Bursting with brilliant ideas, creative conversations and digital doing, this is one not to be missed!

Book your free place here.

Or why not apply for one of the Brilliant Things bursaries? Trustees and volunteers can get free travel and £250 to spend on a project inspired by the Brilliant Things conference. Find out more about how to apply here.

Have Your Say – Take the Cornwall Museums Partnership First Survey

As we approach three years since Cornwall Museums Partnership began in July 2015, we’ve launched our first ever survey to help shape our services and support going forwards.

The short survey consists of just nine questions and will be invaluable to us as we head into our 2018 – 2022 business plan. We will use the responses to inform our priorities, communications and advocacy work. We want to hear from everyone – from those that we’ve worked with extensively, to anyone we’ve never worked with before, your feedback is much appreciated.

Take the survey here today

Thank you.

Best Project on a Budget

In March of this year Cornwall Museums Partnership and SW Museum Development hosted the very first Cornwall Heritage Awards to celebrate and champion the amazing work that’s taking place in our museums.

Each week we are highlighting the fantastic work created within museums and heritage organisations across Cornwall. This week we are focusing on the Best Project on a Budget 2018.

Best Project on a Budget Award

Winner – Trenance Heritage Cottages for the ‘Trenance as T’was’ project; a story of evacuees in World War Two

The museum worked with Story Republic to create a living history performance based on the true story of cottage resident Mary Isabelle Pearce who in 1940 housed 10 yr old London evacuee Mavis and her Mother Kitty Ferney for 6 years. The audience were amazed to discover and meet in person the real Mavis Hagger who was sitting amongst the audience brought history to life. The project created a multi-sensory and engaging learning experience for a large audience.

Highly Commended – King Edward Mine Torch Lit Miners Treasure Hunt

The Torch Lit Miner’s Treasure Hunt was created as part of the King Edward Mine Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths workshop programme, but it’s popularity soon meant the museum was offering it to all. A candle-lit trail leads the miners outside the buildings to the museum door and inside to discover clues that were resolved at the end. Participants have been thrilled by the experience and it’s brought new audiences to the museum.


Highly Commended – Newquay Heritage Archive & Museum creating a new museum room for Trenance Heritage Cottages

Newquay Heritage Archive and Museum created a museum room that was designed to fit the period of the house by renovating old furniture and creating a display from the museum collection about the history and heritage of Newquay. The exhibition provides the historical context that helps visitors understand life in Newquay at the time the cottages were inhabited, perfectly complementing the period room displays.



Bryony Robins, Museum Development Officer –

What can I expect at Brilliant Things?

Brilliant Things celebrates the brilliant things happening in Cornwall and brings you the latest in best practice from elsewhere.

On Thursday 28 June, we’ll be talking diversity, leadership, activism, participation and making change happen. We’ll be hearing from the makers and do-ers, the dreamers and believers, from museum staff and volunteers to cultural leaders and activists.

With a smorgasbord of presentations, talks, demonstrations and debates; find out more about how our new Museum Strategy can help you, get hints and tips for engaging with neuro-diverse and under-represented audiences, and hear how local communities are making organisational change happen.  Bursting with brilliant ideas, creative conversations and digital doing, this is one not to be missed!

Get your free space here:

Or find out how to apply for one of the Brilliant Things bursaries.

Wheal Martyn hosts ‘Landscapes in Limbo’ Conference

Wheal Martyn hosted a three day conference between 8 and 10 May run by the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute as part of their Heritage Futures Project ( The event explored how artists and land managers can collaborate to share heritage and engage people with transitional landscapes.

While all landscapes undergo change over time, in some, processes of change and transformation are particularly dynamic and uncertain. In these transitional environments, ongoing processes – such as extraction, erosion, ruination, rewilding and depopulation unsettle and rearrange places and communities. The open and fluid character of such landscapes often draws artists and other creative practitioners to work in them. Experimental creative practice can generate alternative perspectives on these ‘landscapes in limbo,’ and often open up new possibilities for heritage and art-based community engagement and economic development.

The conference provided a rare opportunity for dialogue between creative practitioners and those responsible for landscape management and planning.  Invited guests, and representatives from relevant local industries and communities, along with Heritage Futures case study partners (from Portugal, Suffolk and Cornwall), explored how creative modes of thinking and doing can generate alternative futures in transitional landscapes.  The event included field trips to sites of interest in the clay country and an opportunity to contribute to the development of a framework for embedding creative approaches in land management.


Sean Simpson (Imerys) and Chris Varcoe (Eco-Bos) kicked off proceedings by introducing the post-operational clay landscape, its multiple uses and potential futures.  A landscape tour followed which included commentary from environmental artist, Antony Lyons, Peter Herring (Historic England) and Pete Whitbread-Abrutat (Future Terrains).  Delegates then visited Blackpool Pit for a field trip led by Sean and Peter with PhD student Robyn Raxworthy and Caitlin DeSilvey (University of Exeter)


Presentations from Duncan Kent and Ian Marsh (National Trust) focused on integrating creative practice into landscape management, providing perspectives from the Trust on benefits and challenges related to their experience of integrating arts approaches within their dynamic landscapes.  Focusing on contemporary curation in/of place, Michele Horrigan (Askeaton Arts) and Karen Guthrie (Grizedale Arts) reflected on extended duration curatorial involvement with specific landscapes and communities.


Later Sue Hill and Luce Choules explored the theme of Interventions and Exposures, through their own reflections as artists, on their experiences making work in particular post-industrial/transitional landscapes.


Finally, Aurora Tang (Centre for Land Use Interpretation), Euan Hall (The Land Trust) and Pedro Prata (Associação Transumância e Natureza) led a workshop on ‘Making Futures’ followed by group discussion which resulted in establishing a shared set of principles and practices on creativity and stewardship within ‘Landscapes in Limbo’.

Innovation in Cornwall’s Heritage

In March of this year Cornwall Museums Partnership and South West Museum Development hosted the very first Cornwall Heritage Awards to celebrate and champion the amazing work that’s taking place in our museums.

Each week we are going to highlight the creative projects and initiatives undertaken by the winners and highly commended museums and heritage organisations from each award category.

Innovation Award

(Smaller Organisations)
Winner – The Innovation Award was won by Saltash Heritage for its Nepean Papers Project

The museum was recently given a large amount of correspondence from the late 1700s onwards by members of the Nepean family. Nearly 200 letters needed careful handling because of their fragility. The team devised a scheme of outreach volunteering, where volunteers could work from home to transcribe the handwritten documents so that greater access could be given to the letters. The project was supported by a Small Grant Big Improvement from SW Museum Development.

You can see a short film about the project at the bottom of this page or click here.


Highly Commended – Lostwithiel Museum Association Window display sponsorship scheme

Under the guidance of a creative volunteer, Lostwithiel Museum Association started a series of mini exhibitions about the town’s heritage, in their high street shop window. The displays generated a great deal of positive comment, and the team soon saw the potential for sponsorship form local companies. The scheme has been a great success and helped the museum to build a network of local supporters.


Highly Commended – Lostwithiel Museum Photography Competition

The photography competition has the theme of Historic Lostwithiel and entrants are being sought from all age groups. It will be promoted through the school and local community groups. The professionally designed calendars will be sold to raise funds for Lostwithiel Museum Association. This project not only highlights Lostwithiel’s heritage for competition entrants and local residents, but also raises awareness of the museum and generates income for them.



(Larger Organisations)
Winner – Innovation Award was won by Helston Museum for their Pop-up Café 

Helston Museum offers space for community groups, such as their book club, to meet and come together and socialise. The team soon realised that these groups’ experiences would be enhanced, and people would be encouraged to stay longer in the museum, if they were able to offer tea, coffee and cake, so they went about setting up a pop-up café. The initiative has proven extremely popular and the museum hope to develop a permanent café in the near future.


Highly Commended – Falmouth Art Gallery Lovefalmouthvolunteers

Lovefalmouthvolunteers is an initiative that brings together volunteering from the gallery, library, youth service, town events, parks and gardens and local festivals, so that those wishing to volunteer can select from a range of different opportunities. The opportunities on offer are as diverse as five-minute digital support to longer term commitments, but are designed so that the volunteer can share their skills across many organisations.


Highly Commended – Royal Cornwall Museum Shining a Light on the Heritage of Cornwall

Royal Cornwall Museum have introduced a flexible and low energy lighting scheme throughout the gallery that highlights the collection to best effect and reduces both potential damage to objects and the museums’ carbon impact. The scheme also gives the museum greater flexibility in their displays, so they will be changed more frequently and allow the museum to respond to audience feedback.


Bryony Robins, Museum Development Officer –


Job Vacancy: Digital Engagement Officer

We’re looking for a motivated, self-starter with a passion for bringing museum and gallery collections to life through digital technology. This new role will support two of Cornwall’s leading art galleries, Falmouth Art Gallery and Penlee House Gallery & Museum to increase and improve digital engagement with their collections and activities. Salary – £24,000 + 4% pension. Closing date 5pm 1 June.

Brilliant Things Bursaries

Do you want to try something different? Do you want to learn more about thinking differently about museums?

Cornwall Museums Partnership’s Change Makers programme, supported by Arts Council England, is offering four Brilliant Things bursaries to museum trustees and volunteers in Cornwall to attend the conference and then apply your inspiration to your museum. You could invite an expert to come and speak to your team, you could try a new type of event, you could go on a study visit. All we ask is that you document what you do and share words and images with CMP by the end of the year.

To apply, please complete the form below and return to Jenna Marrion by Monday 18 June at

Click here too book a place at Brilliant Things.

Job Vacancy: Creative Business and Marketing Advisor

Creative Kernow – Cultivator Programme

Job Description for the post of Creative Business and Marketing Advisor -Museums and Public Galleries 0.6 FTE

Cultivator is an innovative project providing an integrated programme of skills and business development support for Small to Medium Enterprises in Cornwall’s creative industries. It is funded by the European Social Fund, the European Regional Development Fund, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council.

The lead partner and the employer for this post is Creative Kernow one of Cornwall’s leading creative sector organisations; the project is managed as part of the work of Creative Kernow’s well-respected and long-established Creative Skills initiative.

Creative Kernow runs a number of projects in Cornwall apart from Creative Skills, with the key ones being Krowji, the creative workspace cluster in Redruth; the Carn to Cove rural touring scheme; the Cornwall 365 cultural tourism project and the FEAST community arts programme. The organisation is a charitable company limited by guarantee.

Cultivator partner organisations are Cornwall College, Real Ideas Organisation (RIO), Business West, the Cornwall Museums Partnership (CMP) and Plymouth University.

The project delivers creative specific Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG); mentoring; sector relevant training; a co-investment grants programme; internships and other activities with SMEs that enable students, graduates and non-graduates to gain industry relevant experience and skills. It works alongside the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (C&IoS) Growth Hub and generic business support provision to deliver bespoke and highly specialist coaching, mentoring and targeted investment needed to build capacity and maximise the growth potential of the creative industries.

This is now the midpoint of the Cultivator project, which currently has an end date of September 2019. From the experience gained during the first year of working with the museum clients, a need has been identified for a Creative Business and Marketing Advisor to provide dedicated to support to the museums and public galleries across all aspects of business support, but with a specific focus on marketing.


Job Description

There are five Creative Business Advisors at the heart of the project, each with a dedicated specialist area and as a team working across the whole of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The role of the Museums and Public Galleries Creative Business and Marketing Advisor will be to:

  • Be the lead point of contact for museums and galleries sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly;
  • Act as a dedicated sector specialist and champion who will develop and maintain close working relationships with local agencies, networks and individuals as appropriate, brokering opportunities for the sector in Cornwall and IOS with a focus on the development of all aspects of business support with a specific focus on marketing across the museums.
  • Provide expert marketing support for museums and galleries, helping museums to extend their audiences and thereby help them grow
  • Develop schemes and access support for museum and gallery staff at all levels of professional practice in relation to marketing, in liaison with Cornwall Museums Partnership
  • Provide hands on support for museums and galleries to help them increase and diversify their audiences and increase their income streams, including support to exploit digital technologies to help museums and galleries maximise their impact and reach.

This job description is not an exhaustive list of duties and you will also be required to carry out any other duties which may reasonably be required of you in accordance with the needs of the project. You will also be required to be flexible and adaptable with respect to your role.

  1. Delivery
  • Undertake Development Needs Analysis (DNA) sessions as necessary on a one to one basis with users of the service
  • Provide sector relevant information and guidance in relation to all forms of business support and marketing
  • Keep up to date with the full range of business support provision locally and nationally
  • Promote and develop opportunities for museums and galleries to network and trade locally through attendance at appropriate business events
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with the C&IoS Growth Hub connectors team; Oxford Innovation; YTKO and Unlocking Innovation Potential
  • Provide relevant and up to date sector specific marketing advice e.g. funding opportunities; knowledge of relevant sector development organisations regionally and nationally
  • Track and monitor museum beneficiaries at intervals as required
  • Develop all activities in line with the Cornwall Museums Strategy
  1. Administration
  • Assist administrative team and Project Manager in maintaining systems and procedures for the initial IAG and DNA services
  • Maintain data collection for Cultivator, in accordance with ESIF regulations, to include DNA records, beneficiary timesheets
  • Assist the administrative team in maintaining ESIF eligibility records
  • Provide regular reports to the Project Manager and Director on project progress against target and timescales agreed in the project action plan
  1. Finance
  • Assist the Creative Kernow finance team with the monitoring requirements of funders
  • Provide the Creative Kernow finance team with financial information as required
  1. Other
  • Provide reports for Creative Kernow board meetings and the Cultivator Project Advisory Group or working groups which may be instituted from time to time
  • Attend general staff and team meetings
  • Other duties as may be required by the Cultivator Project Manager or Director
  • Work closely with the Cornwall Museums Partnership team to ensure an integrated approach to marketing support services for museums and galleries across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly


Person Specification

Please note that only candidates who can demonstrate that they can meet all the essential criteria will be shortlisted




  • Proven experience of providing business support to SMEs
  • Proven experience of providing marketing support to SMEs
  • Proven knowledge of how creative industries microbusinesses and SMEs operate and the criteria for business success
  • Proven knowledge of development and execution of all aspects of marketing plans
  • Understanding of the use of all social media platforms in relation to marketing
  • Knowledge of the range of business functions such as marketing, financial, operational and management, and how they are inter-related in a small business (i.e. a generalist’s perspective)
  • Competent level of computer literacy in use of Windows, Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint
  • Proven ability to use communications technology effectively across a range of platforms
  • Ability to produce accurate and well-presented written documents
  • Ability to conduct meetings
  • Proven experience of dealing effectively with customer inquiries
  • Ability to communicate one to one effectively and with empathy
  • Ability to use appropriate questioning and listening skills to gather information
  • Full valid driving licence and access to a vehicle for business use


  • Proven knowledge of Cornwall’s Creative Industries sector
  • Proven knowledge of the Museums and Galleries sector
  • Trained in life coaching or counselling skills

Personal Attributes


  • Flexible, adaptable, able to work on own initiative within a small team
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and customer service skills, including an effective telephone manner
  • Very well organised with excellent time management skills; reliable and with the ability to self-motivate
  • Committed to equal opportunities
  • Able to work to tight deadlines


Organisational structure

The Creative Business and Marketing Advisor reports to the Project Manager and Cultivator Director


Key conditions of work

Contract                               Permanent contract (please note that the funding for this project is expected to run until the end of September 2019)

Pay                                         £31,500 pro rata (£18,900 on 0.6 FTE basis)

Pensions                                Creative Kernow will automatically enrol you into The People’s Pension on 1st November 2016 if, on that date, you are: aged at least 22 but you are under State Pension age earning more that £10,000 a year (£833 per month).

If you don’t meet these criteria on 1st November but you do meet them at a later date, we will automatically enrol you into the scheme then.

If you are eligible to join, Creative Kernow will contribute 1% of your salary until 30th September 2017, 2% for the next 12 months and 3% from 1st October 2018.  More details about the scheme are available on request.

Holidays                                4 weeks a year rising to 5 weeks over 5 years plus bank holidays (pro rata)

Hours                                     22.5 hours per week

There is some degree of flexitime, but the post-holder will normally be required to work 5 days per week from 10am – 4pm as core hours.  From time to time staff will be required to work unsociable hours.  A TOIL system operates rather than payment of overtime, this is negotiable with the Project Manager.


Place of work                       The Cultivator office at Krowji, West Park, Redruth TR15 3AJ. The role will involve attendance at meetings or events elsewhere.

Probationary period          There will be a four month probationary period


Equality and Diversity

Creative Kernow is committed to equality of opportunity in employment practices and the provision of services and expects that its policy will be supported by everyone in the organisation.

In line with our Flexible Working Policy, this post is open for applicants who wish to apply as a job-share partnership.  Both candidates should complete an application form and state that they wish to be considered together.

Wheal Martyn’s Clay Works Project Secures £1.35 Million

Wheal Martyn Trust is celebrating its success in securing National Lottery funding with an award of £858,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards its £1.35m Clay Works Project.  This award recognises the international heritage significance of Wheal Martyn as the world’s only china clay mining museum.  The museum includes a Scheduled Ancient Monument and is set within the preserved remains of two former Victorian clay works and tells the story of an industry that has shaped the landscape, economy and lives of people in the ‘Clay Country’ through the extraction and exportation of china clay worldwide.

The Clay Works Project is focused on conserving the historic Pan Kiln and Mica Dry buildings and also includes a training scheme in historic building conservation techniques in partnership with Cornwall College.  The project will improve how the story of the industry is told across the site, enhance the natural landscape setting and deliver a programme of exhibitions, events and activities to attract more people from the local community and other visitors to this incredible site.

Colin Vallance, Managing Director of Wheal Martyn said “Clay Works is a really exciting first step in our plans to put Wheal Martyn increasingly at the heart of our special part of Cornwall and we are thrilled to have secured such a significant investment from the National Lottery along with important contributions from a range of other funders. The project will preserve the historic Mica Dry and Pan Kiln buildings, which form part of the Scheduled Ancient Monument and create within them new spaces for activities, learning and temporary exhibitions”

The project will also create improved access within the historic buildings for all visitors and provide new interpretation. The project isn’t just about building improvements though – a four year programme of activity is planned which will provide training opportunities in practical heritage skills to help local people to build skills and confidence in a workplace setting.  New events and activities will be held, encouraging more families to get involved with this fascinating historic location, a changing exhibition programme will create many reasons to return and educational and community groups will benefit from the vastly improved facilities and enhanced engagement programmes.

Colin went on to say “We are extremely appreciative of the financial support from all the funders which have enabled this project to be realised.  These include Arts Council England through their National Portfolio investment in Cornwall (delivered by Cornwall Museums Partnership), a pledge from The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, The Pilgrim Trust, Historic England, the Wolfson Foundation, Imerys Minerals, The Hobson Charity and Cornwall Council”.

Nerys Watts, Head of HLF South West, said: “Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, we’re delighted to support this project which will provide a secure future for the historic Pan Kiln and Mica Dry buildings and share the fascinating heritage of China Clay. Focused on an industry which helped to shape many communities in Cornwall, this project fittingly puts opportunities for people at its heart – from building skills to learning about the stories of their county.”

John Ette, Heritage at Risk Principal for Historic England in the South West said: “We are really pleased to support the conservation of the historic Pan Kiln and Mica Dry buildings which are on our Heritage at Risk Register. Working with the museum and our partners in the Heritage Lottery Fund we hope the project will also greatly enhance the visitor experience of this key part of Cornwall’s industrial heritage.”

The support of so many well-known funders shows real confidence in Wheal Martyn’s potential to conserve the heritage of China Clay and to create new opportunities for people to enjoy, learn and be inspired by this fascinating part of Cornwall’s history.

It is anticipated that building works will commence in October this year with the new facilities opening with a fabulous exhibition on the unusual uses of China Clay in the summer of 2019, however new activities and volunteer opportunities will be on offer from summer 2018.

Follow the progress of Clay Works on our website, on Facebook or Twitter, or get in touch 01726 850362 or

Save the Date for Brilliant Things


Thursday 28 June 2018

Save the date for Brilliant Things

Diversity – Leadership – Activism – Participation – Making Change Happen

A showcase of case studies, debate and more from museums in Cornwall and beyond

The conference is free to attend and will take place 9:30am – 4:30pm on Thursday 28 June 2018. It will be held at the Old Cathedral School in Truro, Cornwall.

The programme and booking information will be available shortly.

Event Management Course at King Edward Mine

King Edward Mine Museum is giving people the opportunity to join this event management course, completely FREE of charge with a view to you getting hands-on experience as a volunteer at future events at King Edward Mine

To apply:

Please send a cover email explaining why you would like to get involved and send it to Hazel on

Sessions run from 1-3pm. Topics covered are:

Thursday 17th May- Event Creation

Thursday 24th May- Event Planning stages

Thursday 7th June- Budgeting & time management

Thursday 21st June- Venue constraints & opportunities

Thursday 5th July- Sourcing suppliers

Thursday 19th July- Health & Safety

Thursday 2nd August- Event Coordination

Thursday 9th August- Post Event analysis