Stories from the past will be brought to life in an entertaining and colourful way next week at Trenance Heritage Cottages in Newquay.
For the first time the three cottage dwellings will be revisited by one of their long departed residents. As part of this year’s National Heritage Open Days, the popular buildings, which date back to the 1850s and were lived in by local families until 1966, will open their doors for free on an additional day of the week, Thursday 7th September.
Trustee, Jill Willmott, said: “The cottages are being visited by an increasing number of people on the four days we normally open – they love viewing the rooms which depict a parlour, kitchen and bedroom from around 1900, but on this special day, we’ll have one of the former residents being acted by Katie Kirk in full costume and telling stories of her character’s life at Trenance”.
The idea of breathing life into earlier residents in this way is not new – living museums such as Beamish and Iron Bridge have done it for years, but it’s a new venture for Trenance. Chris Blount said: “My wife and I visited a row of cottages built by Cornish settlers in Wisconsin, USA, and were very impressed by the miner and bal maiden they had there telling us about their lives. They really knew their stuff too”.
‘Trenance As ‘Twas – stories from the past’ will be open from 10.30am until 4.30pm on Thursday 7th September with free admission.