This story of Caradon mining is told at the museum with maps, models, pictures and artefacts. You can get up close to the rocks that caused all the fuss with our superb geological display. The museum is housed in a Victorian savings bank, built when times were good.
We also show the bad times when many families broke up and went to the workhouse or emigrated. Our displays cover local history from Mesolithic settlers to the 19th Century. Some fascinating characters 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 Borough.
The bad news is that part of our museum will be closed whilst new exhibitions and displays are installed. The good news is that we are going to have superb new displays ready for the end of February 2015. These will help visitors explore the story of our landscape and get creative with some amazing interactive installations. Liskeard’s mining history will feature strongly and visitors will discover the relationship between geology, mining and the growth of a town.
In the meantime, you can still visit our photography exhibit and downstairs gallery with its new 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 now available here at the Liskeard Museum. We welcome families conducting local family history research.
Liskeard and District Museum is in the former East Cornwall Savings Bank. The Gothic style stone building was designed by Liskeard’s notable architect Henry Rice. The history of the area is tied up with the early extraction of tin and the rich cattle based agriculture. We are developing a strong archaeological and geological section to explain this. Liskeard was a mediaeval stannary and coinage town.
By combining the Museum with a visit to St. Martins Church and Stuart House visitors can get a feel of an ancient Cornish Town. 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 Heritage Site.
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.