Helston Folk Museum

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Coordinates: 50°06′25″N 5°16′19″W / 50.107°N 5.272°W / 50.107; -5.272

Helston Museum is a folk museum situated in the former market town of Helston, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.

The museum was founded in 1949. The building was originally designed as the town's Market House in 1837 as two separate buildings—one for Butter and Eggs, the other the Meat Market—and the museum was sited in the Butter Market.

The Museum expanded into the Meat Market in the early 1980s, then into the adjoining Drill Hall in 1999. A suspended gallery, the "Loft", was also added at this time that in turn allowed the creation of the MezzanineArtGallery.

A notable feature in front of the building is a cannon salvaged from the wreck of the frigate HMS Anson which foundered off Loe Bar in 1807. Around 100 sailors' lives were lost in the disaster which led to the pioneering work of Henry Trengrouse, featured in the Museum's Drill Hall.

The Museum's collection reflects both the social and industrial history of the Lizard Peninsula, from mining, fishing and farming through to home life in the 18th-20th centuries.

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