Air Raid Shelter

This is our air raid shelter looking very spring like with it's covering of primroses and cowslips.

Inside it's cold and damp and has the full sound effects of an air raid in progress.

It really makes you think of how it must have been for people sleeping in theses shelters night after night, year after year. A lot of people went to the shelters as a matter of course before it got dark to save having to rush down in the middle of the night. They would have a thermos of tea, maybe a lamp or candles and try to sleep in the cramped conditions.

These shelters must have saved the lives of thousands of people throughout the UK.

A visit from one of our blog followers.

Last week we had a visit from a gentleman from Australia who follows this blog.

We've had 6338 views since this started in December 2017, with views from over 23 countries - some simply shown as unknown region - we can only imagine where they are from.

If you do follow the blog please tell us when you check in at the guardroom.

Guard Duty

We have a new addition to the guard duty this year, Private Paartz.

He is a life size model in uniform and looks very realistic. He's made a couple of us jump when we catch sight of him even though we know he's not real.

The First Visitors of 2019

Last Saturday saw the opening of the museum for the 2019 season.

We have a bit of a dilemma as to who the first visitors really are.

There were a group of cadets who camped out over Friday night, so they were there at the turn of midnight.

But then there were Ian and Glenn who were the first paying guests through the gates.

Think we'll have to call it a draw.

Open today for the 2019 season

The Cornwall At War Museum opens today for the 2019 season.

There are new exhibits, a mock up of a WWI tank for children to clamber over, and a variety of projects still ongoing. The shop has a whole new range of gifts and souvenirs.

Last year we had over 12,000 visitors, and were voted the best museum in Cornwall by Tripadvisor - a title which we'd love to win again.

All the buildings are wheelchair friendly, children can run off their energy in the safe play fort, and well behaved dogs are welcome and can go in all the buildings.

We look forward to meeting all our visitors this year.

One week from opening

Only a week to go until we open for the 2019 season.

No photos this week, we were all too busy yesterday getting new displays organised, cleaning up rooms and making sure nothing had been forgotten.

The shop will have a whole new look with many different items on the shelves.

The NAFFI has a new coffee machine that makes all the different types that are popular, so for the first time you can choose what type of coffee drink you'd like.

This week will see the final bits and pieces done and then we'll be ready to greet the first visitors next Saturday.

Hope that you can come and meet us this year.

2019 Opening Date

As Easter is so late this year the museum will open the 2019 season on Saturday the 30th of March at 10 a.m.

Until July the museum will be shut on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, with the exception of school holidays when we will be open 7 days a week.