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.
gothic

Joan Passey: Gothic Cornwall

  • 28 June 2018 6-7pm

June 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
28th June
Joan Passey: Gothic Cornwall

Corpses, Coasts, and Carriages: Exploring Haunted Cornwall
Why were the Victorians scared of Cornwall? This paper looks at the representation of Cornwall as a frightening, primitive, and Gothic space in literature in the nineteenth century, and how these representations are influenced by cultural changes in the county in this period. From Bram Stoker to Thomas Hardy to Arthur Conan Doyle, join us to find out more about Cornwall’s ghosts and ghouls.

£4 Members , £7 Non-Members , FREE for 14-18 yr olds and concessions for low income families
Priority seating available

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£4 Members , £7 Non-Members , FREE for 14-18 yr olds and concessions for low income families
Priority seating available

Website

http://www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk/event/joan-passey-gothic-cornwall

nebra sky

The ‘Cornish Sky-Disc’

  • 30 June 2018 10am-4pm

This project workshop is open to all, with an aim to create a colourful and striking collaborative community arts piece.

The inspiration for this artwork is the Nebra Sky-Disc, a 3600 year old Bronze Age artefact which is described as ‘one of the most important archaeological finds of the past century.’ The disc is made of Copper from the Swiss Alps, and gold and tin from Cornwall, which shows the age old connection the county has had with the continent. The Cornish Sky-Disc project aims to raise awareness of this rich historical and multi-cultural heritage and to show the importance of celebrating diversity in Cornwall.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk/event/the-cornish-sky-disc

tunnel

Cornish mining and the Brunels’ Thames Tunnel – inspirational legacies to modern tunnelling

  • 6 July 2018 6-7pm

Cornish mining and the Brunels’ Thames Tunnel – inspirational legacies to modern tunnelling

Professor Lord Robert Mair CBE FREng FICE FRS. President, Institution of Civil Engineers

The lecture will describe the important work of Robert Vazie and Richard Trevithick, pioneering 19th century Cornish engineers, and their outstanding contributions to tunnelling technology. Their work had a major influence on Sir Marc Brunel’s invention of a moveable shield for tunnelling through soft ground, and the heroic construction of the Thames Tunnel (1825 – 1843), the first civil engineering project on which his son I K Brunel worked. The lecture will describe the construction of the Thames Tunnel, and the seminal influence this has had on modern tunnelling. It will also describe the latest tunnelling technology applied in the recent Crossrail project in London, with 21 kilometres of sub-surface twin bore tunnels and 8 new sub-surface stations, focusing on the importance of geology and recent innovations.

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Professor Lord Robert Mair is President of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of Research at the University of Cambridge. He is a founding director of the Geotechnical Consulting Group based in London. Prior to his appointment at Cambridge, he worked in industry for 27 years, specialising in geotechnical engineering. He leads a research group collaborating closely with industry, focusing on the geotechnics of underground construction and innovative field monitoring techniques, and is Head of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction at Cambridge. He is also an active consultant on civil, geotechnical and tunnelling projects worldwide. He is Chairman of the Science Advisory Council of the Department of Transport. In 2015 he was appointed a crossbench peer in the House of Lords, where he is a member of the Select Committee on Science and Technology.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets: £4 Members, £7 Non-Members

Website

http://www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk/event/cornish-mining-and-the-brunels-thames-tunnel-inspirational-legacies-to-modern-tunnelling

lecture

Dr Michael Carter: Senior Buildings Historian English Heritage:

  • 26 July 2018 6-7pm

Dr Michael Carter: Senior Buildings Historian English Heritage: New Light on Dark Places: reinterpreting medieval monasteries on the eve of the Reformation

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£4 Members , £7 Non-Members , FREE for 14-18 yr olds and concessions for low income families.
Priority seating available

Website

http://www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk/event/dr-michael-carter-senior-buildings-historian-english-heritage

music

Mike O’Connor and the Hantergantic Quartet

  • 23 August 2018 6-7pm

Mike O’Connor is a musician and storyteller who works nationwide. Mike lives in St. Ervan and has made the culture of Cornwall very much his own. He has done extensive research into early Cornish music and was central to the discovery and publication of the manuscripts of John Giddy and John Old. In 2002 he was made a Bard of the Gorsedh of Cornwall for services to Cornish music.



With musical friends he now brings this music to life in a hugely entertaining illustrated talk.

This lively programme takes us from about 1737 to 1850 through the medium of manuscripts found in Cornwall.
The programme of music this evening is from the manuscripts of:



John Giddy of Kea, c1735

Francis Prideaux of Padstow, c1790

Charles Bennett of Truro, 1765

Buller (?) of Morval House, c1770

Charles Bennett of Truro, 1765

John Old of Par, 1807

William Allen of St Ives 1815 et seq

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£7. Non-Members, £4. Members

Website

http://www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk/event/mike-oconnor-and-the-hantergantic-quartet

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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