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Find out more about the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

Galleries

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall has 15 galleries, over five floors. The Main Hall You will start your journey in the Main Hall. Here you can orientate yourself in the building, admiring the hanging Flotilla display over your head. At the heart of this display is the enormous Thames steam launch, Waterlily, a memory of…

Collections

The museum’s collections consist of a range of objects, boats, art, books and archives in support of its mission to promote an understanding of small boats and their place in people’s lives, and of the maritime heritage of Cornwall. We are currently working towards making a full catalogue of our collections accessible online. The National…

Maritime Research Centre

The Museum’s research work is led by the Bartlett Maritime Research Centre which incorporates the Bartlett Library. The main themes are: Cornwall maritime history; British and international shipping; The history of boats Research facilities: Private researchers are very welcome to explore the Bartlett Library or to seek answers to specific questions with the help of one of…

Bartlett Library

The Bartlett Library houses a diverse collection of maritime reference books, periodicals and archive material for public consultation and reference, admission free. The resources in the library contain information on many types of boat and their construction and usage, and help to provide deeper knowledge and understanding of our maritime heritage and the maritime heritage…

Publications

The Museum makes information available in a wide variety of ways. Our publication programme is central to this and much of the output grows out of collaboration with researchers in maritime history and our own research activities. There are two themes: The Maritime History of Cornwall and The History of Small Boats.   Maritime Views Maritime Views is…

Databases

The volunteers in the Bartlett Centre manage many different research databases covering a wide variety of subjects. These are available to personal callers or to answer research enquiries. Some of the largest databases are: The National Small Boat Register The Archives database lists some of the Museum’s main archives The Yacht Design database lists a range…