This is a new website replacing the longstanding Newquay Old Cornwall Society website and is an ongoing project in the course of construction. Please bear with us and much more information will be added as soon as possible.

Newquay Heritage Archive & Museum is run by volunteers from Newquay Old Cornwall Society. We collect, preserve and share knowledge, artefacts, photographs documents and carryout research about the districts historical and cultural heritage. The Newquay Old Cornwall Society areas of special interest cover Newquay and the surrounding parishes of Colan, Crantock, Cubert, St Columb Minor, St Eval, St Mawgan and St Newlyn East.

Museum partner Association for Cornish Heritage have a gallery room which also hosts a Celtic themed coffee shop. There is a Cornish research room with a wide range of books to help answer any research or general enquiries about Cornwall and its historic and cultural heritage.

Heritage Open Days 2021

In conjunction with our friends at Trenance Heritage Cottages we will be holding an exhibition entitled Newquay's Sea Story on Sunday 19th September 2021 from 11.00am to 4.00pm.

More information on the museum's Heritage Open Day's webpage by clicking the link below (Currently under construction but will be completed very shortly)

Newquay’s Sea Story – Heritage Open Days 2021 – Newquay Museum

Discover Newquay Videos

This is an ongoing project that originated during May 2021 with a collaboration between Newquay Museum and Newquay Library as a Local History & Community Month project. 

Links to our original videos and more can be found on our Discover Newquay webpage click the image to open the video page.

The Early Development of Newquay to c1900

We will be featuring videos produced by some of our younger volunteers

The first of these to be added onto the website is by Benjamin Webster who has been volunteering in our museum since 2017

Click this link - Newquay tour during 2020

The museum and archive rooms are open Wednesday to Friday

10.30am to 3.30pm and Saturday morning 10.00am to 12.00am

ENTRANCE ACCESS is via MANOR ROAD, between the Piazza [opposite the Lighthouse Cinema] and the Bus Station opposite the bottom of the St Georges Road Car Park.

Please note that COVID-19 restrictions are in place, Our normal hours will resume when circumstances allow. We look forward to welcoming you to our community museum

The second Trenance Viaduct
The second Trenance Viaduct

The Railway Comes to Newquay

Great Western Hotel  c1890

Early Tourism in Newquay

Herring Boats Leaving Harbour
Herring Boats Leaving Harbour

Newquay's Fishing Industry

Commercial Square, Newquay 1909
Commercial Square, Newquay 1909

The Town Centre

Fistral Beach Late 19th Century
Fistral Beach Late 19th Century

Newquay's Beaches

Active, Good Intent & Fly Fish Cellars
Active, Good Intent & Fly Fish Cellars

Historic Buildings & Places

Our Partner Organisations - Projects & Collections

Pentire Neckring
Pentire Neckring


Museum & Collections

Images - Artefacts - Art