What’s new?

We re-open on Monday 26 March for the 2018 season
Open on Bank Holiday Monday 2 April – remember it’s FREE to come in

Opening exhibition in Downstairs Exhibition Room
Fishing round the Cornish Coast
Following the success of last year’s exhibition of paintings done by foreign artists to came to St Ives to paint loaned by David Tovey, we begin this year with more of his paintings but on a different theme.

Mr Tovey writes:
“There will be a strong St Ives presence in the works selected, but also paintings of Polperro, Mevagissey, Carbis Bay and Mousehole.  There were three main fishing seasons in Cornwall – the mackerel season in the spring, the pilchard season in early autumn and the herring season in late autumn. Pilchards were caught both out in the bay by pilchard boats and gigs and close to shore using seine boats and seine nets. The selection of works covers a range of different aspects of the various different seasons, with mackerel boats, pilchard boats, white gigs and seine boats all featured. The fleet setting off at sundown, catching fish in both deep and shallow waters, unloading the catch, fish sales, filling fish barrels and baskets, and icing fish and transporting them by pony and cart, as well as the necessary net mending and boat repairing, are all captured in one of more of the selected paintings.”  Falmouth is represented by artist Charles Napier Hemy’s painting of porpoises chasing mackerel entitled “The Hunters”

“The Hunters” by Falmouth artist,
Charles Napier Hemy









“Strictly Polyphon” the double CD of all 50 discs played on our working Polyphon now available for purchase

Strictly Polyphon Cover


It is on sale at Launceston Tourist Information Centre in the centre of town or from the Museum for £10.

It is also available by post for £12.20 (inc. post and packing).  Simply send a cheque made payable to “Friends of Lawrence House Museum” and a clear note of your name and address to Cherry Warne, Lawrence House Museum, 9, Castle Street, Launceston PL15 8BA and she will be happy to send you a copy without delay.

We regret that, at the Museum, we can only take cash or cheque payments made payable to “Friends of Lawrence House Museum”