Supporting Helston Museum

It costs us around £85 a day (not including staff costs) to keep the museum running. There are many ways to help the museum through volunteering, becoming a supporter, one off donations or leaving a gift in your will. Your generous support will allow us to continue to offer free entry to the Museum for everyone. 

Registered charity South Kerrier Heritage Trust Charity Number 1151834

Since the South Kerrier Heritage Trust was formed in 2013 to look after the museum we have successfully raised £115,000 through grants. These awards have helped us conserve the collection, improve collection care, digitise the photographic collection, create displays, run learning workshops and switch to energy efficient systems that save the museum money.

Through the generous support of visitor’s donations we have collected a further £9000 to help us with running all aspects of caring for the museum and its collections. From April 2018 we have secured additional funding from the Arts Council through a museum collaboration led by Cornwall Museums Partnership. This funding will help us loan objects, create displays, work with our communities and hire two new part-time members of staff including an apprentice.

In the last year we have welcomed over 20,000 visitors to the museum. Over 1000 schools children have taken part in workshops and our memory boxes were used by over 1000 people in schools, colleges and residential homes. Our small team is supported by a dedicated group of over 80 volunteers who help with documentation, digitisation, education, cleaning, maintenance, research and welcoming our visitors.


Becoming a Museum Supporter is important to us as a charity. Your gift directly funds all aspects of the museum including collection care, displays, learning and our commitment to free entry for all. 


The annual donation is £25 

Registered Charity South Kerrier Heritage Trust 1151834


•  10% discount in the museum shop

•  Subscription to our e-newsletter

•  Helping maintain and improve the museum and it's collections for future generations

•  Invitation to take tea in the museum on Flora Day

One of the most valuable gifts we can recieve is your time and there is a range of ways to do so, from regular two hour slots to one offs like helping with events we always appreciate your time . 


Volunteering opportunities:

•  Helping greet visitors

•  Working in our museum shop

•  Helping with education programmes

•  Housekeeping & maintenance 

•  Collections care

Making a contribution to the museum no matter how big or small makes a lasting impact. 

From making a donation in one of our collection boxes to leaving a gift in your will, your contribution will help to preserve our remarkable museum for current and future generations.

How you can help: 

• Gift aiding a cash donation

• Running a fundraising event for us

 • Contacting us to sponser an activity or event

• Leaving a gift in your will