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What's On at the Royal Cornwall Museum

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


New Research on the Nebra Sky Disc - Wednesday 10th May 2017
Arguably the oldest representation of the universe, this Bronze Age artefact has recently been confirmed to contain Cornish gold and tin. Professors Gregor Borg and Harald Meller are coming to the Royal Cornwall Museum to discuss their theories on the meaning and purpose of the Nebra Sky Disc.

Joann Fletcher and Stephen Buckley
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.

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

Talks free, normal admission applies


May Half Term Activities

Make a Bug Hotel
Why not try making your own insect home - or ‘hotel' - out of junk, to give bugs somewhere to live? They'll help control pests and pollinate your plants in your garden in return. There are no rules to making these bug hotels so you can be as creative as you want. And if you prefer to make your own pretend insects instead of a home for real ones - you can.

Monday 29th May & Wednesday 31st May
10.30am to 1.00pm


Young Writer's Workshops
Or if you fancy becoming a writer when you grow up then come and take part in our Young Writer's Sessions run by Felicity Tattersall who will help inspire you with her stories about Cornish explorer Richard Lander and his travelling medicine chest that kept him healthy on his expeditions around Africa in the 1800s.

Tuesday 30th May for over 5s
Thursday 1st June for over 7s
10.30am to 12.30pm


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.


The Medicine Man - A Spotlight on Richard Lander
Get Ready For Adventure With Explorer Richard Lander
March to September 2017

Born in 1804 with a strong ambition to travel, explorer Richard Lander, the son of an innkeeper had his first trip to Africa at the age of 19 when he visited the River Niger.

Five years later he went on a government expedition to discover the mouth of this river and with his brother he travelled hundreds of miles along the Niger in a small canoe.

He took two travelling medicine chests on this amazing journey, one of which is now on display at the Royal Cornwall Museum. Visitors can now examine the medicine chest, discover which medicines were most needed by this intrepid traveller, all whilst listening to excerpts from Lander's journal.

Tracing the course of the Niger opened up valuable trade links between West Africa and the rest of the world; trade links which still result in economic benefit today.

Hireth - A Cornish Landscape

One of the county's finest art collections"Hireth - A Cornish Lanscape" - Exhibition Open from 25th March

This exhibition gathers together a wide selection of work by artists who have been inspired by the land and seascapes of Cornwall. The exhibition largely shows work from the museum's collection but also takes the opportunity to showcase pieces from Cornwall Council's Schools Art Collection.

The exhibition's curator, Michael Harris, speaking about the show said that "the word Hireth comes from the Cornish language describing a longing for familiarity and the comfort of home. This concept is illustrated through a wide range of different artists who have been able to capture and brilliantly communicate the emotion of Cornwall's land and seascapes."

Included in the exhibition is sculpture by Barbara Hepworth, painting by Paul Feiler, Alfred Wallis, L S Lowry, and Penzance born Margo Maeckelberghe, as well as a newly restored work by 19th century Newlyn School artist John Noble Barlow. There are also selections of Alec Walker's Cryséde textiles.


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.


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.

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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.

Leading 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


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

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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:

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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