Constantine Museum –
telling the story of a large Cornish parish

We may be a small, but we have big story to tell about the parish of Constantine stretching back over 5000 years.

What can you learn about our parish? 

Our collection provides an opportunity to find out about the influence of mining and, particularly, granite quarrying on this large Cornish parish as well as farming, the variety of local trades that once existed and the wide range of community activities.

A few key facts

The parish of Constantine borders the Helford in the south and extends north to include the granite outcrops which gave rise to quarrying which was at its peak from the mid 1800s to the 1920s. Many of the houses in Fore Street were occupied by granite workers in the early 1900s. Until 1986 the parish included parts of Gweek and Mawnan Smith and the parish benefited from two harbours, Gweek and Port Navas and several quays along the River Helford.

The collection was originally gathered together from 1993 but the current museum was opened in 2005.

Our home

We are housed in a purpose built extension adjoining the Tolmen Centre, a popular performance venue. The main building, until it was purchased by the community in 1998, was a 19th century double floored Weslyan Chapel rebuilt in the 1880s to accommodate a congregation of 400.

What we offer?

Not only to we have long term displays, but we also have activities for children and short term exhibitions, which focus on aspects of the parish’s history in more detail. An archive has been developed more recently and ongoing research is adding to the information that we have about individual properties. We also hold a substantial collection of photographs and have a small library for research.

We welcome group visits, are happy to undertake outreach work, give talks to schools and groups and to respond to local and family history research requests.

Our sole aim is to share the heritage of Constantine Parish with the community and visitors.