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New curator takes helm at Helston Museum

By West Briton  |  Posted: September 11, 2013

  • Helston museum's new curator Katherine Ashton, right, with her assistant Tracy Clowes.

  • Helston museum - staff and volunteers. 03/09/2013. Helston museum's new curator Katherine Ashton. Picture by Keith Richards. TRKR20130903A-003_C

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THE new curator of Helston Museum said the tourist attraction is "a real treasure trove" as she begins her first week.

Katherine Ashton started work on Monday and will be joined by assistant Tracey Clowes.

She said: "I am extremely excited to be taking on the role of curator.

"It's my favourite kind of museum. It's all about social history, which is my particular area of expertise.

"It's the kind of museum you can wander round and see new things every time.

"It's a real treasure trove. I don't think people realise just how many items we have."

The running of the museum was recently taken over from Cornwall Council by community group South Kerrier Heritage Trust. The council has kept ownership of the building and artefacts.

The trust's first job was to recruit Ms Ashton.

She previously worked as education officer at Penlee House Museum in Penzance for three years.

Prior to Penlee, she worked as collections officer, project officer and archivist and has an MA in museum studies. She lives in Perranuthnoe.

Ms Clowes will take the role of curatorial assistant. She managed education activities for the Royal Cornwall Museum and has previously delivered programmes in Helston Museum. She lives in Constantine.

The trust's David Turnbull said: "We wish both Katherine and Tracey well in their new roles.

"Throughout the month of August, it has been difficult to manage the museum without key staff and we are extremely grateful to the volunteers who have supported the museum and maintained the opening hours.

"With Katherine and Tracey now in place we look forward to an exciting future for the museum."

Helston Museum is next to the Guildhall and is open between 10am and 1pm, Monday to Saturday. Entry is free.

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