Royal Cornwall Museum

Royal Cornwall Museum

Our Past, Our Future

Lead Organisation: Royal Cornwall Museum 

Investment Priority: Community & Place 

Fund: Culture and Heritage-led Regeneration and skills

SPF awarded: £2,100,000

Location: Truro

Royal Cornwall Museum is home to more than a million artefacts, including an internationally recognised collection of minerals, Cornish art, and important objects that tell the story of Cornwall’s heritage and culture.

Established in 1818 by the Royal Institution of Cornwall, the museum’s mission is to provide a welcoming, dynamic and lively cultural hub, centred around its collections. Through an exciting programme of exhibitions, events and outreach the museum welcomes community groups, schools and visitors to learn about and explore both historic and contemporary Cornwall.

Funding from the Good Growth Programme is the latest in a series of successful funding bids by the museum designed to secure its future by transforming how its collections are presented, safeguarding the building and home to the 200-year-old institution in the heart of Truro, and ultimately broadening its appeal to residents and visitors.

The project funded by the Shared Prosperity Fund will enable the transformation of the Heart of Cornwall exhibition, the main gallery of the museum. This impactful space is at the centre of the museum, presenting some of the most important artefacts in the collection relating to Cornwall’s heritage. Following this project, the Heart of Cornwall exhibition will be an engaging experience and multi-use space.

Shared Prosperity Fund investment will also fund improvements to the nature gallery, an extremely popular exhibition with families and an essential story to be told in the face of the climate crisis. Furthermore, the museum entrance and garden will also be transformed with the aim of improving physical accessibility and breaking down the barrier between the museum and the street.

A programme of activity building skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths will also be delivered thanks to the funding, including school workshops, careers events, family activities and exhibitions.

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