Liskeard Museum

Liskeard & District Museum will be closed from Thursday 19th March until further notice

This decision has been made for the health and wellbeing of our volunteer team and the wider community.

Work will continue in the museum to develop our displays, care for the collection and help with enquiries. We aim to keep everyone informed and able to view the exhibitions via Facebook and our websites.

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…

War Without Glamour – 2 December 2019 to 29 February 2020

Emily Hobhouse was born in 1860 at the rectory in St Ive. She was one of five surviving children of Reginald and Caroline Hobhouse. Reginald was rector of St Ive for over 50 years. Caroline was a descendant of the famous Squire Trelawney. At the age of 35 Emily’s life and new adventures away from Cornwall began.

An International Exhibition dedicated to the Life and Work of Emily Hobhouse

Emily Hobhouse is celebrated for her relief work in the concentration camps of the South African War. This exhibition uncovers Emily Hobhouse’s less well-known contribution to international peace, humanitarianism, and South African politics in the post-war period, including her work in Germany following the First World War. Through her remarkable writings – most vividly her book War Without Glamour – it tells the story of her lifelong commitment to revealing the devastating impact of war on civilians. Newly-donated papers at the Bodleian Library in Oxford are showcased alongside letters, paintings and artefacts from international collections.

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.

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.


Opening Hours

Monday – CLOSED
Tuesday – CLOSED
Wednesday – CLOSED
Thursday – CLOSED
Friday – CLOSED
Saturday – CLOSED
Sunday – CLOSED
Bank Holidays – CLOSED