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Visit Penlee House & Museum

Penlee House is a Gallery, Museum, Cafe and Shop. Situated within Penlee Park, a space to reflect and great for family visits.

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A space for exhibitions & events

Alongside our Exhibition programme we run a variety of community events and workshops. The Newlyn School and Social history galleries change often. Find out what’s on.

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A space to learn

Penlee House is committed to lifelong learning. We run workshops for all age groups and offer a school workshop programme.

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A space for all

Built in 1865, as the home of the Branwell family. Penlee House is home to many paintings by members of the Newlyn School. It is also home to the Penzance Natural History and Antiquarian Society collection.

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You can search and browse our collections online. We also have a section dedicated to the Newlyn School.

Heath, Gascoigne Frank

Biography

Frank Gascoigne Heath – 1873 – 1936

Heath was born in Coulsdon, Surrey, as the youngest of twelve children.  After a brief maritime career as an apprentice on a windjammer sailing to Australia, he determined to make a career out for his love of painting.

Heath studied art at South Kensington, Croydon, Westminster and Antwerp, and also with Herkomer at his School of Painting at Bushey.  He came to Newlyn in c.1901 to study under Stanhope Forbes, and shortly thereafter started to exhibit at the Royal Academy. 

In 1908, he met his future wife, Jessica Doherty, who was also a student at the Forbes’s School of Painting.  The couple married two years later and moved to Lamorna, where they had a house built, called ‘Menwinnion’ (now a retirement home).

Heath’s early work resembles the style of the early Newlyn artists, painted ‘en plein air’ with a subdued palette.  The influence of artist friends such as Laura Knight, Alfred Munnings and ‘Lamorna’ Birch brought a change of style to his painting with a use of brighter colours, earning him the epithet ‘the sunshine artist’.

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Penlee House is a beautiful art gallery and museum, set within sub-tropical gardens, with a great café.

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Exhibitions

Our vibrant exhibition programme celebrates the nationally important art and history of West Cornwall.

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Learning

From school visits to family activities, talks and walks, there are plenty of learning opportunities at Penlee House.

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Our Café

Enjoy a delicious lunch or coffee at the Orangery Café, with its sunny terrace overlooking the park.

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