Helston Museum has a vast social history collection.Dating from the 18th to the 20th century, the range of objects covers agriculture, local trades and industries, law and order, town history, home life, toys, sporting equipment, gardening, transport and health and leisure activities.


The archaeology of the Lizard peninsula is represented in the museum by everything from neolithic flint tools, Bronze Age pottery, finds from a Roman villa and evidence from one of the four salt making sites in the area.

Helston Museum has one of the best costume collections in the South West - our exhibitions in the Martin Matthews Costume Gallery change regularly.

Our photographic collection includes prints, negatives and slides, and is a huge resource for anyone wanting to research the history of the area. We are currently in the process of digitising our photographs to make them more easily accessible. 

The unique geology of the Lizard Peninsula is represented in the museum by the Leslie Truscott Mineral Collection.