Truro's new visitor attraction

At ShelterBox we do things differently. We were born different. We started life as a small organisation in rugged West Cornwall in the UK and have grown to make a big impact across the world.

Hope and Strength is open until 24 November 2018

Discover our story at the ShelterBox Disaster Relief Visitor Centre – a ground breaking new visitor attraction in the heart of Truro and the only one of its type in the UK.

Explore our interactive Visitor Centre in Truro where you’ll discover the world of international first response natural disaster relief. There’s lots to do for all ages.  Meet a friendly local volunteer guide who’ll be delighted to talk about the stories behind our more unusual exhibits. You’ll leave with an understanding of the special hope and help that this very unique Cornish charity brings to families in need.

  • Visit the new Hope & Strength exhibition featuring images of our work from four leading photographers.
  • Try packing a ShelterBox – see if you can fit everything a family might need into our iconic green ShelterBoxes
  • Ask the Operations Team any questions at our facebook live operations update every Tuesday at 2.30pm
  • Can your complete the Disaster Challenge with your family? Pick up a leaflet and hunt for clues around the visitor centre
  • Minecraft – can you build a tent or make a massive ShelterBox in Minecraft Creative?
Dougie Wallace went to the British Virgin Islands to photograph the aftermath of Hurricane Irma

What’s on at ShelterBox in 2018

We’ve got a great programme of events taking place throughout the year.

Hope and Strength – 10 September to 24 November

Four leading photographers Olly Burn, Tom Stoddart, Veronique de Viguerie and Dougie Wallace have helped us to pay tribute to the incredible hope and strength of the people we meet. Visit the Hope & Strength webpage to find out more about this amazing exhibition which is coming to Truro this autumn.

Virtual Reality Challenge – October half term. Find out more

Experience what it’s like to have to leave your home as disaster threatens.

Explore the virtual visitor centre and step into our world.

Take a virtual tour of the visitor centre

Ever wondered what a disaster relief visitor centre looks like?  Now you can take a virtual tour of the visitor centre and find out more about the items we send to survivors of disasters around the world. You’ll hear directly from our response team volunteers about their experiences and see how our tents have been used in surprising ways.

Take the tour

The virtual visitor centre was created by our friends at Global Vision 3D.

In October half term you can experience a virtual reality disaster scenario and challenge yourself to pack an emergency survival box.

Admission is free

You visit is free but please remember that every donation helps us fund vital disaster relief all over the world. Your support will make a difference to someone, giving them the shelter they need to start rebuilding their lives. Ask us about regular giving or make a donation to show your support for ShelterBox.

School’s back

Term has started and ShelterBox is ready to welcome your class for an educational and eye-opening trip to the visitor centre. We have specific learning programmes for a variety of Key Stages and can accommodate Further Education groups too. Book a school or learning group to ShelterBox

Family fun

The visitor centre has activities that your family can try and is the perfect solution to a rainy Cornish day. Look out for family friendly activities during school holidays and half term.



Our Sponsors

The Aid Zone has been kindly sponsored by Alpinter

Our sponsors

Alpinter provide ShelterBox with a vast variety of items, from  family tents, blankets, kitchen sets to tarpaulins for Shelterkits.

The ShelterBox mission is to be able to assist the families hit by disasters as fast and efficiently as possible, with the best possible aid. This is how we can help.”