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Review of Mevagissey Museum

Mevagissey Museum
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Mevagissey
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

A very informative collection of all cornish ways of life & very interesting & learnt a lot....very good for children too.............

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

excellent place very interesting and real. Excellent local photographs of people and places. Good video presentations from local people about what Mevagissey was like when they were growing up.

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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Fascinating local history, loads of memorabilia, photos and personal items. Friendly welcome at the door and FREE

Thank MelG37
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

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.

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Reviewed August 13, 2017
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