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What's On at the Royal Cornwall Museum

Special Exhibitions

Joann Fletcher and Stephen Buckley
BAFTA AWARD-WINNING DUO BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
Tuesday 16th May 2017

Tickets: £5.00 for Non-Members. Tickets will be released in early 2017.

Join bestselling experts on Ancient Egypt, Joann Fletcher and Stephen Buckley as they discuss the lives of everyday people from this period and also the lives of pharaohs and nobles in The Valley of the Kings and the science of mummies.

The Valley in Egypt is where for nearly 500 years tombs were built for the pharaohs and powerful nobles of the time. Of the tombs discovered Howard Carter discovered the resting place of boy king, Tutankhamun.

 

Easter 2017
Monday 3rd April: Land and Coast Collage: Make colourful, textured landscapes using different fabrics and papers. Aged 5 years and over
10.30 am- 12 noon
1.30 pm- 3pm

Tuesday 4th April: Lyrical Landscapes: Combine poetry, colour and shape to create a unique piece of art.
Aged 8 years and over
10.30 am- 12 noon
1.30 pm- 3pm

Wednesday 5th April: Turn real to abstract: create your own abstract artwork inspired by a traditional landscape or seascape. Aged 8 years and over
2 - 4pm

Thursday 6th April: Printing Places: Use all sorts of objects and materials to print cityscapes and landscapes. Aged 5 years and over
10.30 am- 12 noon
1.30 pm- 3pm

Monday 10th April: Printing Places: Use all sorts of objects and materials to print cityscapes and landscapes. Aged 5 years and over
10.30 am- 12 noon
1.30 pm- 3pm

Wednesday 12th April: Turn real to abstract: create your own abstract artwork inspired by a traditional landscape or seascape. Aged 8 years and over
2 - 4pm

Thursday 13th April: Land and Coast Collage: Make colourful, textured landscapes using different fabrics and papers. Aged 5 years and over
10.30 am- 12 noon
1.30 pm- 3pm


Family Fun At The Royal Cornwall Museum! Free activities and special workshops are available throughout the summer holidays. Come to their art and craft based Messy Monday or join them for Hands-On Handling sessions. Family backpacks and free family trails are available with a FREE badge all summer.  Workshops include making Egyptian jewelry and headdresses, Roman glass mosaics, stone age necklaces and more! 11am lasting approx. one hour, suitable for ages 5 years and up.

Hands on Handling - handle real objects from the Ancient World and Prehistoric Cornwall with our knowledgeable staff. Sessions run on Tues, Weds and Thurs at 11am. Suitable for ages 5 years and up.

 

Make and Take - create your own historical objects in the galleries to take home. Sessions run on Tues, Weds and Thurs at 12 noon. Suitable for all ages.

 

Stories and Handling for the Under 5's on Thursdays at 11am. Come and explore the galleries using stories and your imagination.

 

Limited places available for all activities so booking required to avoid disappointment. Children under 8 must be supervised by an adult. Contact the museum on 01872 272205 to book and for more information.

 

Some activities may be changed. Weekly updates will be posted here.

Heart Of Conflict
Sacrifice, Love, Loss
17 December 2016 - 30 June 2017
Thousands of men and women left Cornwall between 1914-18 to endure terrible hardship fighting the Germans in France and further afield. For those left behind, these were years of privation, anxiety, grief and extraordinary sacrifice.

Heart of Conflict looks at how people in Cornwall kept body and soul together during those years, how they lived and how they loved.

 

Mexico: The Cornish Connection Exhibition from until March 2017

The Royal Cornwall Museum has been working with local students from Cornwall College and also the University of Hidalgo in Mexico exploring Cornwall's cultural influence on Mexico; from introducing football and pasties - to Mexico's reproduction of the recognisable Cornish Engine Houses nestled amongst cacti - to Mexican townspeople with Cornish surnames like ‘Skewes' and ‘Rule'.


Museum Art Collection
A sculpture by Cornish based great, Barbara Hepworth and a painting by respected 19th century artist, John Noble Barlow will both go on public display for the first time on March 25th 2017 at the Royal Cornwall Museum.

The painting by Barlow shows a location in Cornwall that's puzzled the experts and led to debate about its exact location, now local people are being invited in to help clear up the mystery.

The small Hepworth sculpture Hollow Oval, conceived in 1965 and made from polished bronze with a green patina and string was part of an edition of 9 most of which have ended up in private collections so this inaugural public display is a great coup for the Truro based museum.



See Poldark's Cornwall
Following the Sunday night phenomenon that swept the nation, the Royal Cornwall Museum is exploring the rich and varied nature of Poldark's 18th Century Cornwall.


Winston Graham
wrote 12 Poldark novels. These internationally bestselling novels are set in Cornwall where Winston Graham spent much of his life.


This museum has a unique connection with Winston Graham; holding many of the author's original notebooks, showing his novels written in long hand and this has resulted in the museum being a site of pilgrimage for the many fans who arrive in Cornwall from across the world looking for traces of Graham's original work.

THE CARDEW-RENDLE HISTORY PRIZE

Deadline 31st July 2017

The Royal institution of Cornwall is pleased to announce the 2016 Cardew-Rendle history prize, funded by a generous legacy from Harold Cornelius Cardew-Rendle.  A prize of £2000 will be awarded to the winner, with two runner up prizes of £250 each. The winning essay will be considered for publication in the 2017 RIC Journal.


To find out more about other children activities and events visit www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk or call or email: enquiries@royalcornwallmuseum.org.


Lunchtime Talks
A series of lunchtime talks will be running alongside the ‘Heart of Conflict' WWI exhibition - learn more about Cornwall in the War.

Nursing During World War One
Wednesday 12th April 2017 1pm - 2pm


William Gendall Jenkin
Wednesday 14th June 2017 1pm - 2pm

Talks free, normal admission applies.

Lleading experts on Medieval Cornwall to introduce their latest research to the public, on subjects as diverse as language, sculpture, and memorialisation.

Friday 28th April 2017 10.30am - 4pm
Tickets: £15


Admission

Children go FREE (under 16's)
£5.50* (including a voluntary £1 donation) for adult tickets giving unlimited access for a year. Day tickets excluding the donation are £1 less.
National Art Pass, Museums Association Members and Cornwall Heritage Volunteers Free



Become a Friend

Friend of the museum, receive an annual pass, newsletter and invitations to all our events
£10 direct debit/£12 non direct debit.

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

Getting here
Train: 0.5 miles from Truro Train Station
The Truro Park & Ride stops directly outside the Museum. For more information on public transport to the Museum: www.traveline.info

Opening times: Mon-Sat 10am-4.45pm except Bank Holidays (last admission 4pm). Open on Sundays in August only.

Please note the Museum will also be closed on 31st December and 2nd January.

Royal Cornwall Museum

The Royal Cornwall Museum (which also houses the Courtney Library: Cornish History Research Centre) is a wonderful place to find out about Cornwall, its history and its cultural heritage.

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