Liskeard Museum

Learn about the history of Liskeard and local people, trades, crafts and the important mining heritage of the town in this interactive and family friendly museum: also home to the largest collection of toys in Cornwall. Come face to face with the invading Daleks, re-live the memories of the 50s & 60s and find out what is under our feet.

The Building

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.

The Largest Collection of Toys in Cornwall

See iconic toys from the past such as James Bond’s Golden Gun and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This year the Dalek’s have invaded along with props and script from the series. Learn about the history of the area and the many trades and crafts which flourished in the past. The museum is part of the World Heritage Site for Mining. Displays include mining and geological artefacts. Explore the development of the town from Mesolithic settlers to the present time…

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 floors.

Volunteers Wanted!

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

Liskeard & District Museums Access Policy can be found here

Liskeard and District Museum Privacy Notice

Digital Image Project – Call for film & photography professionals – Closing Date 11th June

Expressions of Interest are invited from photography professionals to provide face to face training and technical support to the volunteer and student members of the Museum Digital Image Project Team.
The project team will be creating quality images of collection objects using equipment supplied by the museum and receiving on-line training opportunities. The team will consist of individuals from the age of 16 years with varying degrees of experience. It is anticipated that face to face training and support will take place at the Liskeard & District Museum one half day or 3hr session per week over a three month period this summer. Some flexibility will be required to accommodate volunteers and students.

Closing date for tender submissions: Friday 11 June 2021

More Information

Application Form


01579 346087

email: [email protected]

[email protected]



Foresters Hall
Pike Street
PL14 3JE

Opening Hours

Monday – 10am to 4pm *
Tuesday – 10am to 4pm *
Wednesday – 10am to 4pm *
Thursday – 10am to 4pm *
Friday – 10am to 4pm *
(* on weekdays we are closed 12.30 to 1pm for lunch)
Saturday – 10am to 1pm
Sunday – CLOSED
Bank Holidays – CLOSED