Gowethas Kernow Goth Towan Blystra

Founded 1928
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Unsys ha Bewder

Unity with Activity

A Brief History

On Wednesday, December 21st, 1928 a public meeting was held in the Council Chamber for the purpose of forming a branch of the Old Cornwall Society in Newquay. The first President was Col. Sir Hugh B. Protheroe Smith.

Our Society is a member of the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies and many towns and villages in Cornwall have such an organisation.

A number of our members have been honoured with Bardships of the Gorseth Kernow, the Gorsedd of Cornwall.

The Society has a banner, one of the finest in the County. In its centre is a pilchard on a shield.



The Society has various ongoing local history projects e.g.shops survey, the Gannel Estuary etc. Would you enjoy doing this?

Ancient Monuments

The Society takes care of various ancient monuments in the area and always needs volunteers to inspect them and for example clearing Holy Wells - fun but mucky!

Preserving the history of the local area

For over forty years the Society has been actively recording and collecting artifacts, memorabilia and ephemera, past and present for Newquay and the surrounding area. This work continues today. We have one of the finest private local history collections in the County.

Use of the Collection

At present our Records can be accessed, and information given, at our "Newquay Heritage Archive" on Wednesdays from 10am to 4pm. Enquiries can also be dealt with by post, telephone, or email. Our Records have now mostly been catalogued, but this work, and interpretation of material is always ongoing. We need volunteers for this fascinating work.

"Newquay Heritage Archive" - Room 1b of Central House, 4-6 Crantock Street Newquay, TR7 1JS
Telephone 01637 870611

Artifacts and Memorabilia

From time to time the Society has displayed the collection to the public. Its contents range from china, pictures, photographs, archaeological finds, to the jet jewellery and lace collar of Newquay's first postmistress.

The Society needs a permanent and secure home for its records, artifacts and memorabilia and so works towards this.

The aim is to have an independent museum in Newquay for use by 'One and All'. Sadly, we lack the funds for this venture which would benefit everyone - especially the children of Newquay - if they understand and enjoy their past they will have a sense of responsibility for their town present and future.

Fund Raising

To raise funds for the conservation of our local history collection and additions to it and display the Society holds coffee mornings, has stalls at various functions and special occasions in town. It also holds walks, talks and slide shows etc.

The Society is a registered Charity No. 285004

Collecting and Recording Areas



St. Columb Minor



St. Newlyn East

St. Mawgan

Quintrell Downs

Winter Programme

A series of talks are given, once a month throughout the Winter and Spring. These meetings are held at the Women's Institute Hall, Crantock Street, Newquay on either Tuesday evenings or Monday afternoons, depending upon the time of year. Most talks are illustrated with slides and cover a variety of subjects from local history to life in the wild and are of interest to all. Tea and biscuits are served at the end of the meeting. Visitors are welcome.

Special Meetings


The Annual General Meeting is held in April every year.

Annual Dinner

Some years the Society holds a Annual Dinner to which members, friends and family are welcome.

Annual Lecture

The Society hosts, at a large venue in Newquay, annually when possible a special lecture open to the General Public and Members for which a charge is made, to raise funds for the maintenance of the Society's local history collection.

Local History Walks

The Society provides a number of local history walks throughout the year, for which a charge is made, to raise funds for the maintenance of the Society's local history collection and Newquay Heritage Archive and Museum. These walks are open to the general Public and Members. Please ask if you would like us to host a walk for your group.

Thank You Letter Thank You Letter

Two of the many letters of thanks received from local school children for educational walks given by Steve Hebdige on behalf of the Newquay Old Cornwall Society.


 The membership fee of £10.00 is due annually on 1st September and may be paid at any meeting or directly to the Membership Secretary:

Secretary/Membership Secretary
Mrs Jane Tutte
Newquay Heritage Archive & Museum
1A & 1B, Central House
4-6 Crantock Street, Newquay TR7 1JS
tel: 07775 607271

You will be sent our latest Programme of meetings and Newsletter.

Payment by cheque made payable to 'Newquay Old Cornwall Society' through the post is preferred, avoiding delays and congestion at meetings.


Membership will be determined as lapsed if the fee is not paid within five months from September 1st, unless the Committee determine otherwise.



To advance the education of the public in Cornish pre-history, history, topography, place names, folklore, traditions, dialect, music, industries and other subjects (with special reference to the Newquay area) and in the Cornish Language. In furtherance of that object the Society shall have the power -

1. To aquire, preserve, repair and restore exhibits, objects and collections of Cornish antiquities and other items of educational value and to exhibit them in a museum or otherwise;

2. To arrange exhibitions, lectures, visits and seminars;

3. To publish, print and disseminate (gratuitously or otherwise) litery, visual and aural educational material including reports, periodicals, books, pamphlets and other literature;

4. To raise funds and invite and receive contributions from any person(s) whatsoever by way of subscription, donation and otherwise;

5. To do all such other lawful things as shall further the attainment of the Objects of the Society.

Newquay Old Cornwall Society is a registered charity. No.285004


Elizabeth Carne (Grand Bard Melennek)

Museum Coordinator

Mr Len Sheppard
tel: 01637 850055

Membership Secretary

Mrs Jane Tutte
Newquay Heritage Archive & Museum
1A & 1B, Central House
4-6 Crantock Street, Newquay TR7 1JS
tel: 07775 607271

Programme Secretary
Mrs Marilyn Thompson
4 Penmere Drive, Newquay, TR7 1QQ
(01637) 872813

Warden of Ancient Monuments
Archaeology Recorder

Miss Sheila Harper
14 Bay View Terrace, Newquay, TR7 2LR
(01637) 874216

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last update October 2018

Newquay Heritage Archive & Museum
1A & 1B, Central House
4-6 Crantock Street,
Newquay TR7 1JS
(01637) 870611

Opening Times
Wednesday to Friday 10.30am - 3.30pm
Saturday 10.00 to 12.00 noon