Penryn Museum


The historic port of Penryn is one of the most ancient towns in Cornwall, pre-dating its near-neighbour Falmouth. Situated on the Penryn river and Fal estuary, the town was mentioned in the Domesday book in 1086 and has a rich and varied history.

Penryn Museum’s collection links to the industry of ancient ports. Its connotations of the foreign and the faraway, alongside the narrative of an old and close-knit Cornish community, led curatorial agency Field Notes to commission the artists Richard Baines and Matthew Benington as beneficiaries of New Expressions’ New Opportunities Awards (NOAs). Baines and Benington will make new work in response to Penryn Museum’s collections.