Isles of Scilly Museum

This museum is in Church Street, Hugh Town, St Mary's and whilst housed in a very uninspiring building, is a definitely a hidden gem.  The museum is split up into several sections and date periods, including the bronze age and more recently the 1800s and 1900s. The museum is packed full of exhibits and artefacts, all with detailed explanations, providing a real flavour for the history of the islands. There are many relics and items from many of Scilly's infamous shipwrecks.  There is a wonderful display of flotsam and jetsam found on the shores.  The lower floor has flora and fauna found on the islands plus a little area showing how the islanders lived in the 1800's.  One off exhibitions are frequent.
 

It was following the severe gales in the winter of 1962, that the islet of Nornour (Eastern Isles) yielded up some remarkable Romano-British finds, encouraging some St Mary's residents to establish a local museum. After much fundraising and thanks to huge volunteer enthusiasm, the present Museum was built.  It opened to the public on July 15th 1967 and received a visit from H.M. Queen Elizabeth II on August 8th 1967.

Thanks to the generosity of local and mainland benefactors, they have received many varied accessions for research and display purposes and welcome any items of Scillonian provenance relating to the history of the islands. Remember this is just the hub of an archipelago which is a museum in itself. Its not just for a rainy day.

Opening:  Summer, Monday to Friday - 10am to 4.30pm & Saturday 10am to 12pm:  Winter 10am to 12pm
Admissions 3.50 * Senior Citizens 2.50 & Children 1.00
Telephone: 01720 422337
info@iosmuseum.org

 

Main Areas within the Museum.

Archaeology
Arts & Local Literature
Birds & Lepidoptera
Customs
Edwardian Parlour & Nursery
Geology
Lighthouses
Maps
Maritime Scilly
Modern History
Natural History
Research Facility
Scillonian Kitchen
Shipwreck & Ship Incidents
Smuggling
 

 

Some of the Key Exhibits

The Gig, Klondyke - Built in St Marys by Glyas for the Coastguards in 1877.  Named later when she was acquired by the St Agnes pilots..  Donated initially to the Valhalla, she is know beautifully displayed, fully rigged on the basement floor of the museum.

The Romano-British finds from Nornour.

Wreck Artefacts from Local Shipwrecks

Pilotage, Gigs & Cutters

Stone Querns

Finds from the Seashore

Finds from the Ancient Tombs

New Acquisitions

 

ISLES OF SCILLY - MUSEUM PUBLICATIONS

No. 1 - Fish Around the Isles of Scilly.  Sea-life.
No. 2 - Birds of the Isles of Scilly.  Ornithology.
No. 3 - Ships, Shipwrecks & Maritime Incidents.  Shipwreck.
No. 4 - Flowering Plants & Ferns of the Isle of Scilly. Compiled by J. Edward Lousley.  Flora.
No. 5 - Pilot Gigs of Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly.  1978 R. Gillis.  Maritime.
No. 6 - Shipwreck of Sir Clowdisley Shovell.  Shipwreck.
No. 7 - Nornour.
No. 8 - Scarcer Maps & Books.
No. 9 - Robert Maybee.  Poems
No. 10 - Short Guide to the Museum.
No. 11 - A Guide to the Geology of the Isles.
No. 12 - Buildings of Scilly.  Architecture.
No. 13 - Lepidoptera of the Isles of Scilly.  Fauna.
No. 14 - The Kelp Industry in Scilly.  Industry.
No. 15 - Isles of Scilly Survey.
No. 16 - Scillonian Marine Mollusc Survey.  Sea-life.
No. 17 - Scillonian Non Marine Mollusc Check List.  Fauna.

Iron Age Burial with Sword and Mirror from Bryher by Charles Johns.  Archaeology.
The Isles of Scilly Museum. An introduction to the islands.


 

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Some Useful Internet Links

Genealogy:

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ricksmith61/scilly/marriages/marriages.html

http://www.ellis.genproxy.co.uk/about_scilly_cornwall_genealogy.htm

Local Council;

http://openlylocal.com/councils/67-Council-of-the-Isles-of-Scilly

http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/conservation/designatedareas/aonb/scilly.aspx

History:

This site - www.scillypedia.co.uk

http://www.historic-cornwall.org.uk/

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=50654

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=1484

http://www.hrionline.ac.uk/scillyvoices/&  The Scilly Voices Archive - www.sheffield.ac.uk/english/school/scilly

Lighthouses:

http://www.trinityhouse.co.uk/interactive/gallery/bishop_rock.html

General:

http://www.westcountrywalks.com/scillies/

Inter Island Boat History;  http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/Scilly2008.html


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