old forge

GERRANS PARISH HERITAGE CENTRE

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The Gerrans Parish Heritage Centre is located on the site of the old forge, built in the 1790s. It was in the continual occupation of one family - the Pearces who operated here until 1966, after which time it was converted for use as an artist's studio.

As a result of a successful exhibition held in Gerrans School to celebrate the Millennium, it was felt that a home should be found for the exhibits and pictures so that the history of the parish could be displayed to the community and visitors. The Heritage & Information Centre opened in 2004 containing both a permanent exhibition showing the history of the parish from pre-history to the modern day. Our oldest artefact is a greenstone axe head dating from Neolithic times 4000-3000BC, found in a Portscatho garden and a pair of ox shoes found on Tregaire Farm is one of the objects listed in The History of Cornwall in 100 Objects project. Other exhibitions changed annually have included Farming, Trades & Crafts, Music in the Parish, Sport and Worship in the Parish.

For address details, opening hours and directions please use the contact page.

Horace Augustus Curtis VC

2018 Exhibition:
Revisiting - 'Our Boys Went To War'

In 2014 the annual exhibition staged at the Heritage Centre commemorated the men of this parish who served in the armed forces in World War 1. We are very fortunate to be one of a handful of parishes in the country with a memorial in the church recording not only those who lost their lives but also every man who served.

To commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day in November 1918, this year's exhibition is entitled Revisiting 'Our Boys Went To War. In addition to covering much of the 2014 exhibition, information has been added wherever possible on the careers of many of those who returned to the parish. Additionally, there are interesting extracts from the minute book of the Gerrans branch of the Royal British Legion.

The exhibition also provides details of the service of many of these men on the Front in Belgium and France, and at sea. Photographs, anecdotes and memorabilia promise to make this an exhibition not to be missed.