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Helford Oysters

The end of the Duchy Oyster Farm Ltd’s tenancy of the Helford oysterage in April prompted the development of a short-term display charting the history of farming oysters on the river. Earliest written records, so far located, date from the 16th century, but recovery of oysters certainly goes back much further. The oyster industry is well recorded from the 19th century onwards and includes several cases of stealing oysters, which resulted in hard labour for those caught. Come along and learn about a key aspect of our river. The Museum is indebted to Mark Mercer and the Duchy Oyster Farm Ltd for donating several objects to the Museum’s collection.