Supporting Exhibitions

Pilchard Tails and other Sports in Constantine

Sunday 1 Jul to Saturday 1 Sep
The Tolmen Centre, Constantine

Constantine once had two football clubs, a bowling club, a rugby club and tennis club. It also had the Constantine Pilchard Tails cycling club. One Constantine family provided a seven-a-side rugby team for Penryn, while local characters such as Dix (Harry Phillips) played darts. This exhibition will explore Constantine's rich and humorous sporting heritage.

Three Cheers for St Neot

Friday 27 Jul to Sunday 12 Aug
St Neot Church

This exhibition sets out to dispel the myth that nothing sporty ever happened in St Neot. It will focus on two St Neot wrestlers who took part in the Cornwall championship as well as cricket and football teams. St Neot's chief claim to fame is as the venue for Smite - a cross between French boules and bowling - invented locally. 

Sport in St Agnes

Friday 6 Apr to Wednesday 31 Oct
St Agnes Museum

A new display highlighting the rich diversity of St Agnes' sporting heritage. We have thriving clubs for mainstream sports, and in decades past the parish enjoyed displays of sheaf pitching, hurling and wrestling. Trevaunance has played host to regattas featuring gig rowing and American troops stationed here in World War II even brought softball to the area!

Hand Drilling Activity

Tuesday 15 May to Sunday 30 Sep
Geevor Tin Mine

Hand-drilling competitions used to be run regularly during the Geevor Gala, part of the social side of mining life, a panel describing this is on the first floor of the Hard Rock Museum at Geevor. A hand-drilling activity will be available to try regularly every school holiday.

Croquet on the bowling green

Monday 2 Apr to Sunday 4 Nov
Cotehele House, St Dominick, nr. Saltash

Here's an opportunity for great aunts to trounce their great nephews and nieces at croquet and play other old sports and games too. The games are available every day for your pleasure

Mevagissey Sporting Heroes

Sunday 1 Apr to Thursday 31 May
Mevagissey Museum

Jonathan Barron, who became the Great Britain amateur snooker champion in 1970-2, was born in Mevagissey. Rather than turn professional - he could have been the next Ray Reardon - he retired back to his home town. Mevagissey is also known for its water polo teams. Trophies and other memorabilia, including a dolls house from the Barron family, will be on show.

Ancient and Modern Sports in Penryn

Tuesday 10 Apr to Friday 30 Nov
Penryn Museum, Higher Market Street, Penryn

Penryn's sporting history goes back a long way. Real tennis was played here in the Tudor period and in 1735 Samuel Enys lost a guinea at a cock fight at Tremough. Home to a bowling green by 1711, the town also boats one of Cornwall's best rugby clubs. Artefacts such as velvet rugby caps and photographs will be used to tell this fascinating, and continuing, story.

Cornish Sport

Tuesday 3 Jul to Friday 31 Aug
Royal Cornwall Museum

Cornish sport is included as part of the history of Cornwall in the main gallery display. Wrestling trophies and a belt won by the Chapmans of St Wenn, hurling balls and rugby memorabilia are all on display. A star exhibit is the rugby ball signed by the Cornish team in 1991 when they won the County Championship.

Anyone for Tennis?

Sunday 6 May to Monday 17 Sep
Lostwithiel Museum, Fore St, Lostwithiel

A window display of artefacts relating to early tennis and cycling activities in the town. Supporting photographs of these and other local sporting activities and memorabilia will also be included to celebrate the Olympics. Additional sports related artefacts and photographs can be seen in the museum.

Faster, Higher, Stronger

Monday 14 May to Friday 29 Jun
North Cornwall Museum

This exhibition will feature the cycling prints of artist Jacqueline Jarvis, and the Olympic poster collection of Chris Jarvis. Chris was for many years doctor to the Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Image courtesy of Jacqueline Jarvis.

Played in Clay Country: The Sporting Heritage of an Industry

Tuesday 10 Jul to Friday 31 Aug
Wheal Martyn, Carthew, St Austell

A special exhibition celebrating the area's sporting heritage, from the school and local football, rugby and hockey leagues, tug-of-war, Cornish wrestling to 'Press Cake Racing', a unique sporting tradition created by the area's clay workers. Visitors can also discover how Cornwall's china clay industry has contribued to London's 2012 Olympics and how it has become a vital constituent of many iconic sporting products, such as the golf ball. Some of our finest sporting trophies and shields will also be on display.

Torchbearers, Relaying the Message

Saturday 21 Jul to Wednesday 31 Oct
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum

In the early to mid-twentieth century, undersea telegraph cables played a vital role in carrying Olympic stories around the world; bearing the torch of the Olympic spirit. This new exhibition takes historic stories from our archives including that of telegraph worker turned Olympian, Fijian boxer Hector Hatch. It also explores how the world's largest telegraph cable station at Porthcurno coped with increased telegraph traffic during Games gone by. The exhibition celebrates the start of the London 2012 Olympic Torch relay from Land's End, giving museum visitors a chance to experience the spirit of the Games past and present.

Discover Cornwall's Sporting Heritage

Thursday 2 Aug to Saturday 1 Sep
Cornish Studies Library, Alma Place, Redruth

This exhibition of photographs, books, newspapers and original manuscript sources will explore the history of sport in Cornwall. Sports featured will include Cornish wrestling, gig rowing and rugby. The exhibition will highlight the George Ellis Collection of sporting photographs from the late 1930s to 1960s, as well as original historic documents from Cornwall Record Office.

Sport 2012

Thursday 5 Apr to Saturday 27 Oct
Perranzabuloe Museum

The museum will host three sporting displays: one focusing on the history of Cornish wrestling in the parish; one celebrating the fiftieth anniversary (in 2012) of the local rugby football club, and a third celebrating over a century of tennis in Perranporth. The parish of Perranzabuloe in the 20th century was a hotbed of the sport of Cornish Wrestling, or wrasling as it is more properly known. Contests took place on the Inner Green at Perranporth as in the photo. Sometimes bouts were held at Penhallow and in the 1970s on Perranporth Beach.
The booklet "The Art of Cornish Wrestling" was written and illustrated by Perranzabuloe residents who were very active in the sport.

Lerryn's Sporting Heritage

Wednesday 23 May to Sunday 24 Jun
Lerryn Heritage Group, Red Store, Lerryn

A small exhibition will be put on to coincide with the River Lerryn Yacht Squadron's summer solstice event. Photographs will feature Lerryn Regatta, including pillow fights, and Lerryn's 'Jumping Postman', Percy Barrett, who jumped 5 inches higher than his nearest competitor when representing Cornwall at Crystal Palace in 1899! 

Sporting Heritage of Calstock Parish

Friday 1 Jun to Saturday 30 Jun
Tamar Valley Centre, Gunnislake

The archive has a collection of photographs, programmes, cuttings, memories and correspondence covering the sporting heritage of Calstock over the last century. Sports covered include village cricket, darts and football: local boy, Mike Trebilcock, who played for Everton is also featured, as well as information on numerous regattas held on the Tamar. 

History of Sport Around Mount's Bay

Saturday 12 May to Sunday 27 May
St Hilary Heritage Centre

A historical photographic exhibition of local sport to coincide with the passage of the Olympic Torch through our area. The four parishes of St Hilary, Ludgvan, Marazion and Parranuthnoe have a rich sporting heritage. From bowling to cricket and many more there will be photos to interest locals and visitors alike.

Keels, Kayles, Bowls

Friday 13 Apr to Sunday 28 Oct
Callington Heritage Centre

Throughout the towns and villages of South East Cornwall there is evidence for the ancient Cornish version of skittles - called keels or kayles. At Callington Heritage Centre the sport's history is traced through numerous references to this sport, as well as bowls. Was this the upper class version of keels? Visit the exhibition to find out!

Forty Years of Sport in Posters

Tuesday 10 Apr to Wednesday 31 Oct
St Austell Museum

Sports posters from the Melville and Joyce Robins collection will be on display throughout 2012. The posters were printed in St Austell between 1916 and the 1950s and include wrestling, boxing, water polo, football, speedway and much more. 

Design on Track

Monday 16 Jul to Friday 24 Aug
Bude Castle Heritage Centre, The Wharf, Bude

Chris Jarvis, a retired GP, has travelled with the British cycling team to the Olympics, Paralympics and with the English team to the Commonwealth games. Chris is loaning his collection of Olympic posters for the Centre for display and local schools will be asked to design Olympic or sport posters, stamps and t-shirts to display alongside the original Olympic posters.

Fowey Sport Home and Away

Monday 9 Apr to Saturday 27 Oct
Fowey Museum, Town Hall, Fowey

Fowey Museum will celebrate, in a new exhibition, the variety of sports that have taken place in Fowey, and the people who played them. Local hero, Percy Seymour Varco, who played professional football with Aston Villa and later became mayor of Fowey features, as well as 'Charlie' Rundle who played football for Tottenham Hotspur. There will be photographs, trophies, medals and memorabilia on display.

Soaring Spirits

Saturday 23 Jun to Saturday 8 Sep
Falmouth Art Gallery, The Moor, Falmouth

This unique exhibition, staged to coincide with the Olympics and Paralympics, will show how challenge can lead to great artistic achievement. All of the artists on display have attained new levels in art as a result of overcoming their own personal challenges. Indeed, they are a catalyst for their genius, enriching and energising their work. The exhibition looks at inspiring examples from the 18th century to the present day and will feature works by artists including Henri Matisse, Bryan Pearce, Patrick Woodroffe and Edward Lear.

60 Years in Gerrans Parish

Friday 6 Apr to Saturday 27 Oct
Gerrans Heritage Centre

This exhibition focuses on Gerrans parish and its characters from 60 years ago to the present day. Including sports personalities like Tom Sharp (a cricket captain) and football, cricket and triathlon memorabilia, also Mr Perryman's football cups and medals. The local school and regattas will also feature.

Sporting Activity in Launceston, 1880-1960

Monday 2 Apr to Wednesday 2 May
Lawrence House Museum

The costumes photographed form part of Lawrence House Museum’s Sports exhibition. Complementing the costumes are sports equipment, photographs, Olympic posters and trophies.
Photographs trace the development of Rugby football in Launceston from the 1890s to the Cornish All Blacks today.
Trophies include the Sunlight Cup engraved with the players’ names, presented to Launceston Football Club by Lever Brothers in 1894.
Early photos of Victorian croquet with gentlemen in top hats, Edwardian tennis, swimming in the 1920s at the Jubilee Baths, and Tug of War (once an Olympic sport) are also featured.


The history of rugby, football and cricket in Redruth

Monday 2 Apr to Wednesday 31 Oct
Redruth Town Museum

The Museum will be displaying books of photos of Redruth rugby players, as well as fixtures, records of county teams and teams visiting the area. In addition shirts, club ties and trophies will also be on display alongside photos of local football and cricket teams.

Bob Fitzsimmons and other Helston sports folk

Monday 2 Apr to Wednesday 31 Oct
Helston Museum, Market Place, Helston

A new display of sporting memorabilia featuring Helston's sporting hero, boxer Bob Fitzsimmons. Including local items and objects from around the world.

One and Ball: Ball Games in West Cornwall

Friday 18 May to Saturday 18 Aug
Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance

Penlee House's nod to the Olympics 2012 will be a celebration of the ball skills of West Cornwall men, women and children through photographs and artefacts. From hurling, bowls and football in the 16th century, to cricket, rugby and golf, the exhibition will also feature the 1987 programme of one of the most daunting fixtures of all times: Manchester United v. Mousehole!

Memories of St Ives Women in Sport

Tuesday 1 May to Saturday 29 Sep
St Ives Archive, St Andrews Street, St Ives

This exhibition will look at eight St Ives women involved in sport in detail. Women of all ages will be selected and will be interviewed before the exhibition begins. Please contact the archive for more information. Exhibition locations are as follows: May - St Ives Leisure Centre; June - St Ives Library; July - St Eia Church; August - St Ives Surgery; September 5th - St Ives Archive Open Day at the Western Hotel; September 8th-22nd - St Ives September Festival.

Duck Egg Record Cricket Bat

Saturday 3 Mar to Saturday 27 Oct
Lost Gardens of Heligan

Mrs Tremayne was presented with a curious cricket bat in 1868 after getting the duck egg (score of zero) record. Made by R Palk and WLS Trelawney, who described themselves as artisans of Heligan, the bat includes a flattened tea spoon, coins and tokens, and the initials MT. The small display will also feature photographs of the Tremayne family at this date.

Fire Beacons to Fibre Optics

Monday 2 Apr to Saturday 24 Nov
Saltash Heritage Museum

This new exhibition about communication will also feature a small display of photographs, memorabilia and models of gigs, reflecting the history of the Caradon Pilot Gig Club, whose base is in Saltash and whose men's 'A' team were world champions from 1995-2001. Most famous of their boats is the 'Ann Glanville' built in 1900 and named after a Saltash woman who rose to fame as a rower, winning races with her all-female crew.

Our Sporting Life: Sail for Gold

Wednesday 2 May to Sunday 24 Jun
National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Immerse yourself in 112 years of triumph and glory at this extraordinary exhibition celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sailing heritage. Hosted by the Royal Yacht Association, with Our Sporting Life, discover how Britain cemented its place as the most successful Olympic and Paralympic sailing nation through captivating anecdotes, photographs, keepsakes - and the boats - of those heroes who made sailing history.

Historic Attitudes Towards Sport (1485 - 1714)

Thursday 1 Mar to Sunday 4 Nov
Lanhydrock House, Bodmin

The library at Lanhydrock House comprises of 3000 volumes. Housed in the spectacular 35 metre Long Gallery, it is one of the most important collections of rare books in Europe. This exhibition will draw on the rich collection to show how sport was viewed through Tudor and Stuart eyes. It will reflect on the popularity of Tudor folk games and follow the decline of sport before and after the British civil war and its resurgence of popularity with the 1660 Restoration of the monarchy.