May 2018’s Ambassador of the Month: Mary Godwin

Mary Godwin, Director of Cornwall’s Regimental Museum, is our May Ambassador of the Month and we couldn’t be more delighted. Mary has worked in independent museums as a curator, advisor and director and at the moment she is committed to bringing Bodmin’s heritage to life for the local community. Read on to discover her best-loved Cornish locations and memorable experiences…

1. Name / name of business / whereabouts in Cornwall are you based?

Mary Godwin, Cornwall’s Regimental Museum, Bodmin.

2. What have you done to promote Cornwall’s heritage and culture?

I’ve worked as a director and advisor for independent museums in Cornwall for over 20 years.  My latest project is transforming Cornwall’s Regimental Museum and I’m also a director of IntoBodmin CIC which is developing the cultural profile and economy in the town.

3. What has been your most useful Cornwall 365 experience or tool?

Sharing expertise about building visitor itineraries for Bodmin and promoting the town in a feature and listings in the Cornwall 365 What’s On Guide.

4. Best experience you’ve experienced (in Cornwall)

Riding round Bodmin on a vintage London Routemaster bus which we organised to link all the heritage attractions as part of the Celebrate Bodmin event in 2017.  I lived in London for 14 years so it wasn’t a novelty for me but the excitement of the local children (and adults!) was thrilling.

5. The family taken care of. The business is taken care of. What is your perfect day & evening in Cornwall?

Hop in the camper van and drive west.  Drop into Newlyn Art Gallery then over to St Just where we pick up a pasty and visit the little shops and studios.  Probably buy some pottery.  Walk up to the top of Cape Cornwall and afterwards take the coast road towards St Ives, stopping off at The North Inn or Gurnards Head. Heaven!

6. You have free tickets to the performance of your choice. Who would you take with you (living or dead)?

My husband Chris, and even my little dog Spingo if he’s allowed!

7. Most unusual performance space you have been to?

The Boathouse Theatre in St Ives – unusual insofar as it’s microscopic in size! Brilliant productions too!

8. Best live music venue in Cornwall

The Tolmen Centre at Constantine. Musicians always seem to come alive in this friendly and relaxed space!

9. Your favourite walk?

Porthjoke (aka Polly Joke) – it’s dog-friendly and there’s a vintage gramophone shop in the car park!

10. Best place in Cornwall to get food?

‘Food’ deli and take-away on South Quay Hill, Newquay.  When you’ve overdone it with the pasties, this is an amazing place for a really fresh and healthy take-away.

11. Name one, really different excursion

The underground tunnels at Telegraph Museum Porthcurno; an extraordinary part of Cornwall’s hidden heritage.

12. What’s your 2nd best kept secret about Cornwall?

Bodmin!  It’s superb place to visit if you like Cornish history.  It’s absolutely packed with heritage buildings and has more attractions than any other town in Cornwall.  And most of them are dog-friendly!

13. If not Cornwall, where?

Pembrokeshire because it’s like Cornwall!  Or Venice for so many reasons: Murano glass, no cars, art, food, I could go on and on!

14. If you feel there is a question we haven’t asked you that you would love to answer – go ahead!

Bodmin’s amazing immersive theatre commemoration of World War 1, The Trench, is coming up from 18th June for 4 weeks.   Walk in the footsteps of the Cornishmen of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry who fought in World War 1.  Main script by the wonderful Bill Scott and four specially commissioned short plays performed in the atmospheric attic of Bodmin Keep!  Tickets now on sale – find out more at

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