Mevagissey Museum

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Mevagissey Museum
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pat w
Christchurch, UK12 contributions
Oct 2021
One of the best social history local museums I have been to. In existence for 57 years, the volunteers over the years have produced and maintained a very special museum covering every aspect of life in Mevagissey since it’s earliest days. The displays are well labelled and give interesting details covering the industries in the town, the people, churches, fashion from the 19th century, the original office of the ship building yard, the building of which is now the museum. Full of the social history of the town, there are three floors of exhibits and many photographs showing what life was like in Mevagissey with interesting historical accounts around World War 2. The most amazing thing is there is no charge for entry and Covid cutting the number of visitors last year, must have made a difference to voluntary payments essential to keep the museum going. My husband I believe that few would not go into the museum if they were to be charged even a small amount such as £1 per adult and children free. Donations can already be made by remote card payment or in cash. This is a must for all visitors to Mevagissey and even children will find something to interest them in this museum packed with artefacts. Please support it!!!
Written October 7, 2021
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David J
Cambridge, UK278 contributions
Oct 2021
The museum does not charge an entrance fee, but I purchased two books which were interesting, to make a contribution.
It is so well put together, that it is a treasure trove of different aspects of Mevagissey life.
It really is a lovely place to see, and is right near the harbour, so not hard to find or get to.
All staffed by volunteers.
Written October 12, 2021
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Alistair S
Par, UK117 contributions
Sep 2021
Great little museum with loads of interesting and unusual exhibits. Take your time to walk around and read the notes that accompany the exhibits to find the true past of the village and surrounding area. Will go back for another look as you always miss something first time around.
Written September 27, 2021
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DaveBAmersham
Little Chalfont, UK752 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
A rather splendid small but perfectly formed museum located on Mevagissey harbour. Once inside, free to enter with a donation request, It was like the tardis with many interesting articfacts, photographs, pottery etc showing life in the village over the centuries. A fascinating and informative place to visit. Very knowledgeable staff available to assist with questions if required p.
Written September 27, 2021
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Camping_Intents
11 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
Great find in a place we've been visiting for years. Would be easy to miss but well worth a visit - especially as it's free! Fascinating collection of exhibits with lots of local history which helps you understand how the community has developed over the years. Quirky layout but that adds to its charm!
Written February 16, 2020
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Davey Hal
Leigh-on Sea, UK53 contributions
Feb 2020
Had lovely visited here for an hour or so. Lots interesting and cool things and photos to look at. Lovely friendly old lady greeted us at the door showing is the Mevagissey charm and mad hour experience! Well worth a visit especially if you're interested in the fishing trade and Meva's fishermen over the many years!

We love Mevagissey so it was so great to see it's past captured in this museum.

*Have put Feb 2020 but think we originally went in June 2019
Written September 6, 2020
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Tina F
5 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
Lots to see over 3 floors,well laid out,such a varied selection of exhibits.Helpful volunteers on duty
.Stairlift allows access to the first floor, if required.
Really brought Mevagissey"s history to life,well worth a visit if you are in the area.
Written September 23, 2021
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Sally H
Kent, UK11 contributions
Oct 2016
It is very rare this day and age to go somewhere where the entry is FREE, there are lots of exhibits on display and extremely informative it is well worth making a donation to keep it running.
Written October 20, 2016
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Graham B
Graham B
Devizes, UK41,482 contributions
Jul 2012 • Couples
Few people are aware that Mevagissey boasts a superb little museum positioned at the end of the north quay in an 18th-century boat-builders shed. It is a wooden building on three floors, very rustic, and probably much as it was 200 years ago when it repaired smuggling vessels. Most of the roof supports are spars from the old revenue dodgers’ boats, which were refitted or broken up on this site. There is an old lathe upstairs that would have made the replacements.

You can linger as long as you want in this little treasure trove. The displays feature the way life has been conducted in the village over the centuries and has well-preserved fishing gear, china clay industry implements, and a huge cider press. The walls are adorned with photographs, some of them of the very early Daguerreotype form depicting the exceptionally tough life these folk endured in the pursuit of a crust.

One gets the feeling that some of the exhibits on show have almost been thrown into the museum, but in a strange way, this only goes to heighten the reality that life back then was very hard.

Other exhibits feature a typical Cornish kitchen, along with the wondrous "Star Gazy" pie. There are boats hanging from the ceiling, all types of nautical paraphernalia, signal lamps, hand carved models, flags, cabinets full of clay pipes, watches, tools and coins, fishing nets, charts, agricultural machinery, spinning wheels, and a stand devoted to Andrew Pears, the village’s most famous son.

Pears was a young barber cutting hair and trimming beards in Mevagissey over 200 years ago. In 1789, he went to London, where he groomed the gentry and heeded their complaints about the effect that harsh soaps had upon their complexions. He experimented and came up with the lightest, most perfect soap for the gentry – Pears. The museum features an ad from an edition of Punch, dated from 1884, extolling the virtues of Pears’ invention.

Do make the effort to stroll along the quay and see the broader picture of life that emerges in Mevagissey via this wide collection of artifacts. A free guide leaflet is available on entry.
Written October 12, 2012
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lizrichardson81
Exeter, UK26 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
The video of war memories was good. We enjoyed looking at the old fishing photos.
Many of the artefacts brought back memories for us.
Written October 10, 2019
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