Royal Cornwall Museum

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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Library

Opening hours

Open 10:00am - 4.45pm Tuesday - Sunday

Closed Mondays*
*open 7 days a week in school holidays

Admission charges

Adults: £5.50 for a day pass (tickets include a £1 voluntary donation) , Children (16 and under) Free.

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass
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.

Additional info

Facilities and Access:
Wheelchair accessible toilets and nappy changing facilities, shop, cafe, ramp and lift.

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

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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A story of Cornwall

  • 10 March 2018 7:15-9:15pm

A Story of Cornwall is a choral work commissioned by the Royal Institution of Cornwall (the Royal Cornwall Museum and the Courtney Library). We asked composer Nick Hart, a Bard of Cornwall, to use the objects in the museum to inspire him to tell the history of the civilisations in Cornwall. The work covers major themes: prehistory, early Christianity, folklore, rebellion, language, industry, diaspora and revival. Using music, itself a mark of civilisation, the piece explores aspects of Cornwall’s story and how people reacted to the land and how the land guided their path and shaped their growth.

A particularly exciting aspect of this concert is a sense of symbiosis between objects and music. As the choral work will be performed in the museum, the singers and the audience will be surrounded by the very objects which map the subject matter of the songs and music; the changing civilisations expressing the artistic, social and industrial history of Cornwall.

Below are a couple of insights into the performance and its messages:

Language: one of the pieces, The Lord’s Prayer, will be performed tri-lingually. The Lord’s Prayer, until the Reformation was said in Latin, although with the introduction of the Prayer Book in English in the Protestant regime of Edward VI, the text was translated into English. As many Cornish people did not speak English, this was an unpopular move and a major factor leading to the Prayer Book Rebellion by the Cornish in 1549. The song uses a Cornish version of the Lord’s prayer alongside the Latin and English, reflecting the struggle for mastery for regional and religious identity.

Industry: Mining obviously played an important part in Cornwall’s development and has shaped some of the music in the choral work. The concert includes a very percussive piece which reflects the sounds of the mines and working the metal that comes out of them.

The choir is made up of four voice parts: Soprano, Alto, Treble and Bass. Nick Harts choir, Canoryen Lowen (Cornish for the Merry Singers) has around forty members.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£10 adults, £3 children

Website

http://www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk/music-and-drama

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.

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

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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