Cornwall Heritage Awards 2019 – The Winners

We were delighted to host the Cornwall Heritage Awards on Thursday 21 March at Trenderway Farm, near Looe. The event celebrates all of the amazing projects that are happening at museums and heritage organisations in Cornwall. These projects are ones that make these organisations more resilient and improve experiences for visitors.

Innovation Award – sponsored by PH Media

Judged by Julia Le Gallo – Business Development and Marketing Manager at Engine House Animation Studio

Wheal Martyn: Clay Stories

Museum staff pick a theme every other month which is represented across the museum. The Kettle Kid theme last summer included an interactive trail and quiz, workshops, dressing up, and a Kettle Kid cafe menu. It was covered by ITV News and BBC Radio Cornwall.

Old Guidhall Museum and Gaol, Looe: Kids Takeover the Museum

As part of the Kids in Museums Takeover Day, staff went to Looe Primary Academy to talk to pupils about how the museum is run, and the different roles involved. Children researched their jobs and then became stewards, marketing, front of house, artists, managers, education officers, and curators.

Family Friendly Award

Judged by Dr Jamie Hampson – Senior Lecturer in Heritage, University of Exeter

Padstow Museum: A New Museum for Padstow

The museum’s new location has provided level access for pushchairs, a pushchair parking space, and interactive displays for families. They are also now dog-friendly.

Best Project on a Budget

Judged by Alison Elvey – Grants Specialist at Robinson Reed Layton

Saltash Heritage: Volunteers are the Life Blood of our Museum

The museum wanted to enhance their volunteers’ experiences. They set up training sessions, a party, and a fun awards ceremony presenting three bronze stars to be worn on lanyards.

Environmentally Responsible Award – sponsored by Tevi

Judged by Dr Stephen Lowe, Industrial Impact Fellow at Tevi and presented by Tevi’s Dr Edvard Glucksman.

National Trust Godolphin: Energy Reduction at Godolphin Count House

A number of changes including switching to LED bulbs, halving the number of fluorescent tubes, installing PIR switches, and replacing two oil boilers with one biomass pellet boiler, has reduced energy consumption from 54,806 KWh to under 11,000 KWh per year.

Newquay Heritage Archive and Museum: Plastics in the Ocean

This project aimed to create a greater awareness of the danger of plastics in the oceans for the environment and its impact on the town. Working with various local partners, the museum staffed exhibitions to promote awareness of plastic waste and pollution.

Audience Initiative Award

This award was judged by Belinda Shipp – Chartered Marketer at the Cornish Marketing Consultancy.

Royal Cornwall Museum: Truro Foodbank Pilot Scheme

Free-entry passes were given out with food parcels over the summer holidays. It was felt that those who might benefit from the family activities were being potentially excluded by the entrance fee, and the museum wanted to effectively reach out to these members of the community.

St Cubert Church: Sacred Land, Saints and Sand

Artists facilitated free workshops in the church, exploring some of the skills that were used in the making of the church. The workshops were tactile and sensory in nature, as accessible as possible, and went on to form a handling box for sessions in memory cafes and residential care homes.

Heritage Heroes Award

Judged by Hilary Burr – Volunteer Development Manager at Shelterbox

Museum of Cornish Life, Helston: Helston Makes It!

This volunteer team created an exhibition, 17 workshops, an opening event, and an animation produced with the local school. These formed a two-week celebration that was experienced by over 1200 people.

Cornwall’s Regimental Museum: Relaxed Opening

The museum held its first relaxed opening which was designed for people with autism or sensory processing disorders. The volunteer team who helped to plan and deliver the session were crucial to the success of this inclusive and welcoming visitor experience.Lawrence House Museum: Launceston U3A Local History Group

The group have been working for several years  surveying and photographing the buildings within the old walled town and researching their history. The result of this has been the popular ‘Launceston Buildings: Vernacular Buildings within the Old Town Walls of Launceston’ exhibition.

Cornish Object of the Year

Shortlisted by Mark Trevethan – Cornish Language Lead at Cornwall Council. Voted for by the public. Presented by Dr Garry Tregidga – Director of the Cornish Studies Institute.

The Gurney Stove: The Castle Heritage Centre, Bude


Judge’s Special Award

Chosen by Head Judge, Ellie Collier – Museum Consultant. This award is for the project or organisation that merits additional commendation.

The Castle Heritage Centre, Bude


Congratulations to all of the winners. We will be posting more details about all of the projects shortlisted for the awards on our blog over the coming weeks.




LEP Secures £700k for Immersive Tech Museums Project

Five Cornish museums are to benefit from almost £700,000 of Government funding following a successful bid to the Coastal Communities Fund to use virtual and augmented reality technology to bring Cornish heritage alive.

The bid was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) with Cornwall Museums Partnership and Falmouth University. Further investment is coming from the LEP and Cornwall Council towards the total project cost of almost £770,000.

The Coastal Communities wAVE (Augmented & Virtual Experiences) project will bring together research experts, technologists and five local museums and their communities to take visitors on a compelling immersive and interactive journey to the past.

The technology will be developed by Falmouth University in partnership with Cornwall Museums Partnership and will be launched in phases at the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno; Castle Heritage Centre, Bude; St Agnes Museum; Isles of Scilly Museum and the Old Guildhall Museum & Gaol in Looe between April this year and the end of 2020.

The project is part of the LEP’s strategy to harness the cultural tourism strengths of Cornwall and Scilly and the rapidly growing digital sector to enhance the visitor experience and attract new visitors to the region. It is expected to boost footfall to participating museums by almost 25,000 people per year, create 17 new jobs and generate more than half a million pounds for the economy annually.

Glenn Caplin, Chief Executive of the Cornwall and isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “This project will use technology to create a series of immersive heritage experiences, melding Cornwall’s distinctive culture and heritage with cutting edge digital expertise that has been enabled through huge investment in broadband and further education in recent years. It will help five coastal communities diversify their economies by accessing new, year-round and higher value tourism markets, boosting footfall and creating and sustaining jobs.”

Emmie Kell, Chief Executive of the Cornwall Museums Partnership and creative sector lead on the Board of the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Helping museums to embrace the potential of digital technology to improve the visitor experiences they offer and increase the contribution they make to their local economies is a priority for us. We are really excited about working with Falmouth University, individual museums and local communities on this brilliant project.”

Professor Anne Carlisle OBE, Vice-Chancellor of Falmouth University, said: “The wAVE project provides a fantastic opportunity to combine the technical expertise of Falmouth University staff with the sector expertise of the Cornwall Museums Partnership to boost the local economy. The project will celebrate our region’s rich heritage but use innovative technology to provide refreshing and inspirational perspectives, creating an immersive and interactive journey to the past. These new visitor experiences will support the communities to access higher value and year-round tourism markets an offer a model that is replicable elsewhere.”

The new technology will include virtual reality headsets, high definition projection techniques and computer generated imagery to create new, immersive visitor experiences. Research suggests that the UK mixed reality market will be worth £1.2 billion by 2020 but the use of virtual augmented and immersive reality in museums is still in its infancy.

The Government’s investment is from the fifth round of the Coastal Communities Fund and is part of a £15.4m package awarded to 20 projects across the South West Region.

Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: “I am determined to support investment and development of our coastal communities across the South West and create an economy that works for everyone as we prepare for Brexit and beyond. All of the ambitious projects receiving funding today were designed and developed by local people who know what will make the biggest difference to their areas. The sheer range of ideas demonstrate the potential of our coastal communities and will all create good jobs, boost growth and improve people’s lives now and in the future.”

A Big Thank You to the Heritage Awards Sponsors and Judges

We’re delighted to have been supported by a whole host of brilliant sponsors and judges for this year’s Cornwall Heritage Awards.

The Cornwall Heritage Awards are brought to you by Cornwall Museums Partnership and South West Museum Development.


The Sponsors

The Innovation Award this year is sponsored by PH Media. PH Media provide a wide range of production services, from colour management and correction, creative retouching, online job tracking and electronic delivery of material to proofs and press. They are based in Victoria Square, Roche, Cornwall.

The Environmentally Responsible Award has been sponsored by Tevi. Tevi (Cornish for ‘grow’) is a new, unique and exciting EU-funded venture which aims to do two things, simultaneously; create both economic and environmental growth in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.


The Judges

Julia Le Gallo Business Development and Marketing Manager, Engine House Animation Studio

Alison Elvey Grants Specialist, Robinson Reed Layton

Dr Stephen Lowe Industrial Impact Fellow, Tevi Cornwall

Hilary Burr Volunteer Development Manager, Shelterbox

Ellie Collier Museum Consultant

Mark Trevethan Cornish Language Lead, Cornwall Council

Rachel Souhami Exhibitions Consultant

Claire Walsh Exhibitions and Interpretation Manager, National History Museum Tring

Robin Clarke Distance Learning Academic Manager, University of Leicester

Lynsey Jones Museum Development Officer and Accreditation Adviser, Museum Development North West


Without the support of our sponsors and judges, Cornwall Heritage Awards would not be possible. We are extremely grateful to them for championing the heritage sector in Cornwall.


Spotlight on: Katie Wylie, Marketing and Digital Intern at Royal Cornwall Museum

After five fantastic months, I am now nearing the end of my placement as the Marketing and Digital Intern at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro. My role at the RCM has primarily involved assisting the Marketing and Digital Lead, Sophie Meyer, in promoting stories from the museum’s collections. This has mainly been achieved through a mix of social media, blogs and online exhibitions.

I have also had the opportunity to attend a number of talks and conferences, including the Museums Association ‘Digital Basics Bootcamp’ at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester. I have learnt a lot about the importance of creating great content – using my knowledge to explore the collections, stores and archives, and to bring hitherto unknown tales to the fore.

Knowing that my term at the RCM would take in International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month (both in March), I have been particularly inspired to focus on the women that are represented in the museum’s collections.

Staff and patients, including Red Cross nurses, outside the Royal Cornwall Infirmary, Truro, Cornwall. 21st July 1916. © From the collection of the RIC (TRURI-TRUhrc-9). As featured in the online exhibition ‘Behind the Lines: Personal Stories of the First World War’.

For example, with the recent online exhibition ‘Behind the Lines: Personal Stories of the First World War’, I was keen to incorporate pieces on both Red Cross nurses and the Women’s Land Army in Cornwall. The RCM’s photographic collection clearly shows their remarkable contribution to the war effort – training to help the sick and wounded and taking on demanding agricultural work. It was a privilege to research their time at the Royal Cornwall Infirmary and Tregavethan Farm near Truro.

Members of the First World War Women’s Land Army at Tregavethan Farm, Truro, Cornwall. April-May 1917. © From the collection of the RIC (TRURI-1972-2-56). As featured in the online exhibition ‘Behind the Lines: Personal Stories of the First World War’.

Likewise, I am currently participating in a campaign devised by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Using social media, they have been asking the public whether they can name five women artists. Many cannot, calling attention to the fact that women have not been treated equally in the art sphere, and today remain dramatically underrepresented and undervalued in museums, galleries and auction houses worldwide.

In a bid to help the NMWA promote gender equality, we have joined the #5WomenArtists movement – pledging to release a series of blog posts highlighting five women artists that are included in the RCM’s collections. A physical trail has also been put together to emphasise their work within the museum.

The posts will feature artists from a range of time periods, who use a variety of different mediums for expression. The first article was about Esther M. Moore (1857-1934), who worked as a colliery agent before becoming a sculptor in 1891. Her Art Nouveau and Symbolist piece ‘At the Gates of the Past’ is one of my favourite objects at the museum. The following instalments will be published on each Friday in March.

‘At the Gates of the Past’ by Esther M. Moore (1857-1934). As featured in the #5WomenArtists blog series with the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my internship and look forward to making the most of my last few weeks at the RCM.

– Katie Wylie
Marketing and Digital Intern, Royal Cornwall Museum

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The online exhibition ‘Behind the Lines: Personal Stories from the First World War’ can be found here: