TEL:01726 69897 Quay Road,Charlestown, St. Austell, Cornwall PL25 3NJ
10am-5pm Last Admissions
The Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre, located in one of the old China Clay buildings, has a wonderful array of historical artefacts on display. It is the largest private collection of this type on public display in Europe. Established over the last 45 to 50 years, it is one of the most unusual and interesting collections open to the public. Not only are there items from the past, but artefacts from over 150 shipwrecks.
There is a full scale ‘tableaux’ in the Heritage section, showing a cooper, blacksmith and others at work. In the Audio Visual Theatre you can see the drama unfold, from the optimism of the 1791 blueprint, through a century of growth, to recession and decline at its end. The Shipwreck section describes over 250,000 shipwrecks around Britain’s coast, with stories of courage, bravery, cowardice and greed. There are wonderful exhibits including photographs, salvaged cargo, a 400-year old cannon and priceless porcelain.
In the outside exhibits you can see the RNBL Amelia, last stationed at Scarborough. It is possible to board the Lifeboat and look into the Engine Room. There is also a German armoured dress diving suit, used in the 1920-1930’s, in the search for the sunken submarine HMS.M-1 lost with all its crew in 1925.
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