Royal Cornwall Museum

Royal Cornwall Museum
River Street
Truro
Cornwall
TR1 2SJ
England

Website

Website

www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk

E-mail

enquiries@royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk

Telephone

01872 272205

Fax

01872 240514

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Discover Cornwall’s unique culture from the ancient past to the present day along with art and artefacts from around the world. Explore magnificent minerals, archaeology and natural history, along with our impressive collection of Newlyn School paintings, old masters and decorative art. Family trails & activities, talks and lectures occur throughout the year along with a full programme of exciting exhibitions featuring the best of Cornish art together with major national and international tours.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Open 10:00am - 4.45pm Tuesday - Saturday

Closed Sundays & Bank Holidays

Admission charges

Adults £5 Annual Pass (pay once get in all year), Children (18 and under) Free.

Discounts

  • Museums Association
Getting there

By Rail: Mainline to Truro and then 10 minutes walk down the hill, the museum will be on your left.

By Car: To the Park and Ride at Threemilestone and then get the P&R Bus whcich drops off and picks up right outside the museum.

By Bus: First Buses and Western Greyhound all drop off and pick up outside the museum. The main Bus Station at Lemon Quay is 10 minutes walk away.

The Royal Institution of Cornwall has been responsible for a museum since its inception. The diverse collections it has acquired over the years are held within the Courtney Library & Archive and the Royal Cornwall Museum. The majority of collections relate mainly to Cornwall, but there are others from the rest of the UK and abroad.

The Courtney Library & Archive holds books, periodicals, archive material and ephemera relating to Cornwall and the South West of England. In addition, there is an extensive photographic collection which records the history of Cornwall from 1845 to date.

The Royal Cornwall Museum holds collections of Cornish & European archaeology and social history, as well as world cultures. The fine and decorative art collections hold work by Cornish artists, designers and makers but also contain significant works by nationally and internationally important artists from other parts of the world. The geology and flora & fauna of the South West of England are represented in the geological and biological collections and are complimented by UK and world material.

Collection details

Archaeology, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Industry, Natural Sciences, Social History, World Cultures

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Place

  • 27 March — 3 October 2015 *on now

For this exhibition Kurt has collaborated with 32 writers from a diverse range of backgrounds, resulting in a body of work that varies in scale from postcard-size pieces to large canvasses. It reveals the physical diversity of the British landscape, whilst providing an insight into the concept of 'place' that collective sense of identity, meaning, longing and nostalgia present within the British psyche. By inviting 32 contributors, including the writers Robert Macfarlane and Richard Mabey, as well as scientists, poets, and even Michael Eavis (founder of Glastonbury Festival) to write a personal transcript of a place they felt a connection to, Jackson was able to gain an insight into how this eclectic mix of writers and thinkers view the British landscape. This created a unique opportunity for him to shift the location of his work away from the immediately personal, to places, environments and landscapes that generate a sense of attachment in others. “Everyone has a link to somewhere special. For this project, Place, I turned my normal methods of working upside down and looked for an unsystematic way to relinquish control and to funnel new sources into my working practice
broadening my access into the landscape, opening up new potential avenues and venues for my work. I decided to ask thirty-two different people for their own choice of a preferred location, with them choosing where to 'send' me to make work at their own personal place within Britain. This site, this locale would then become the focus for my response in situ and then subsequently in the studios back home. The parameters became not my connections to a place but my connections to the people who chose the place.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal adult admission applies, £4.50 for an annual pass

Sir Richard Hussey Vivian Waterloo Hero

  • 13 June 2015 — 2 February 2016

June 18th 2015 sees the 200th anniversary of The Battle of Waterloo. The Royal Cornwall Museum is staging an exhibition to commemorate Wellington's famous victory over Napoleon's forces by celebrating the life of 'loyal Truronian' Major-general Sir Richard Hussey Vivian. Vivian commanded the 6th Cavalry Brigade who were credited with carrying out the final charges that led to Napoleon's defeat. The exhibition will feature a number of Vivian's personal effects from the battle such as his campaign sword, banner and pewter. The highlight of the exhibition will be the rehanging of Sir Martin Archer Shee's newly restored portrait of Vivian in full military regalia standing alongside his white charger. The exhibition will also tell the story of Sir Hussey Vivian's political career. Vivian was twice MP for Truro between 1821 and 1831 and was a strong advocate for political reform. This period in Vivian's life will be used to explore the concepts of parliamentary reform and voting rights both past and present. Supported by ,

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal adult admission applies, £4.50 for an annual pass

Vivian alongside his white horse

Sir Richard Hussey Vivian - Waterloo Hero

  • 13 June 2015 — 2 January 2016

June 18th 2015 sees the 200th anniversary of The Battle of Waterloo. The Royal Cornwall Museum is staging an exhibition to commemorate Wellington’s famous victory over Napoleon’s forces by celebrating the life of ‘loyal Truronian’ Major-general Sir Richard Hussey Vivian.

Vivian commanded the 6th Cavalry Brigade who were credited with carrying out the final charges that led to Napoleon’s defeat. The exhibition will feature a number of Vivian’s personal effects from the battle such as his campaign sword, banner and pewter. The highlight of the exhibition will be the rehanging of Sir Martin Archer Shee’s newly restored portrait of Vivian in full military regalia standing alongside his white charger.


The exhibition will also tell the story of Sir Hussey Vivian’s political career. Vivian was twice MP for Truro between 1821 and 1831 and was a strong advocate for political reform. This period in Vivian’s life will be used to explore the concepts of parliamentary reform and voting rights both past and present.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Under 18 free of charge, adult admission £4.50 for an annual pass

Website

http://www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
Mother and daughter with explorer pack.

Explorer Backpacks

http://www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk

Discover the museum with a backpack and pith helmet. Role the dice and explore with binoculars, tape measure and compass. Log your finds in your explorer log book.

Creator

  • This pack was created by the RIC's Learning Team.

How to obtain

Visit the museum and you may borrow a pack and pith helmet for the duration of your visit.

Getting there

By Rail: Mainline to Truro and then 10 minutes walk down the hill, the museum will be on your left.

By Car: To the Park and Ride at Threemilestone and then get the P&R Bus whcich drops off and picks up right outside the museum.

By Bus: First Buses and Western Greyhound all drop off and pick up outside the museum. The main Bus Station at Lemon Quay is 10 minutes walk away.

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