A NEW group has been formed to help manage Helston's Folk Museum..
The South Kerrier Heritage Trust wants the public's support to safeguard the future of the amenity, once described as the "jewel in Kerrier Council's crown".
Cornwall Council, which funds and manages Helston Museum, does not manage any others and announced early last year that funding would be cut by almost 50 per cent.
David Turnbull, a trustee of the new group, said: "There is clear concern locally over the vulnerability of the museum and wide belief that it must not only be maintained but should be developed as an asset to the Helston and Lizard area."
The trust was formed by local volunteers with a special interest in and connection with the museum, chaired by Councillor Judith Haycock, with the support of Sir Ferrers Vyvyan, of Trelowarren.
The group has started negotiations with the council to take on the museum this year and has commitment of financial help from a number of local parish councils..
It will look at generating more donations from visitors and supporters, but Mr Turnbull said charging admission "would be the last resort. I don't think we want to go there.
"No one in the trust is in support of that."
Volunteers are needed to help with the day-to-day management, including manning reception and the shop, guiding the public, cataloguing, cleaning, administration and business support.
"The museum is a cornucopia of fascinating artefacts from Helston and across the Lizard, some of which have not been exhibited for many years and volunteers will be able to access areas not usually open to the public.
"Anyone willing to offer a few hours of their time will be very welcome."
A volunteers' event will be held at the museum on January 19 from 1pm to 3pm.