The museum is housed in a Victorian Gothic Style stone building, that was the former East
Cornwall Savings Bank. Called Forester’s Hall, it was designed by one of Liskeard’s
foremost architects, Henry Rice. The building was built in 1835, a time when Liskeard was
becoming prosperous thanks to wealth from local mines. The history of the area is tied up
with the early extraction of tin and agriculture.
Liskeard’s Mining Heritage
The museum tells the story of Caradon mining, with maps, models, pictures and artefacts.
You can get up close to the rocks that caused all the fuss with our superb geological
display. Enjoy seeing minerals in detail and interactively with the recently installed
Discover the relationship between geology, mining and the growth of a town and its
surrounding parishes. Most of our current displays relate to the resurgence of the town
during the 19th Century copper boom. The museum is an interpretation point for the
Caradon mining district which is part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining World
Liskeard’s Agricultural & Social History
Liskeard has been inhabited from the Bronze age! It was a mediaeval stannary and coinage
town. Our displays cover local history from Mesolithic settlers to the present time.
Discover some of our local hero and heroines, fascinating characters that have links to
Liskeard. From a civil war helmet, to an architect’s spirit level and a photographic studio,
the bits they left behind reflect how national events were played out in a Cornish
Visit our photography exhibits and our downstairs gallery with its interactive display
depicting Liskeard through the ages
Research Your Local Family History at Liskeard Museum
The church records of baptisms, marriages and burials for the parishes of Herodsfoot,
Lanreath, Liskeard, Quethiock, St Cleer, St Ive, St Keyne, St Neot and St Pinnock are
available in the Museum. We welcome families conducting local family history research.
Links with the town
By combining a visit to the Museum with a visit to St. Martins Church and Stuart House,
visitors can get a feel of an ancient Cornish Town. To explore Liskeard, follow the Heritage
Trail, free copies of which are available in the Tourist Information Centre and Stuart
Entry to the museum is free of charge, we welcome families and our building is fully
wheelchair accessible with a lift to all three floors.
The museum is run by volunteers – there are a variety of different things can be done – meeting and greeting, admin, displays, collection management, conservation, etc – if you would like to be part of a small, friendly team, drop in to the museum or call on 01579 346087
The museum is closed for the winter from Saturday 31st October until Monday 15th February for the half term break. During this time the museum will still welcome groups and family history researchers by appointment.