Long-serving curator of Helston Folk Museum retires
The long-serving curator of Helston Folk Museum has hung up her hat after almost a decade at the helm.
Janet Spargo first started as a volunteer in 1981, before becoming “museum manager” nine years ago.
She has enjoyed many happy memories in her time in charge and said: “I'll miss it dreadfully, but I knew I'd have to move on and let someone else take it on.
“I've seen children grow up and come in with children of their own.”
Mrs Spargo was made a Cornish bard at last year’s Gorsedth, which was held in Helston, in recognition of all the hard work that has gone into the museum.
There are still some dearly held dreams that never came to fruition, however - a costume gallery to showcase the museum’s extensive collection of garments never made it off the drawing board and plans for a cafe are still unfulfilled.
But Janet will always treasure the many friends and regular visitors that made her job so worthwhile and a surprise retirement party put on by the Friends of Helston Museum gave her the best possible send-off with a bouquet of beautiful flowers.
It was also an opportunity to welcome in her successor, the new museum manager, Melody Ryder (pictured - far left).