Celebrating 200 Years
2018 is a particularly special year for us here at the Royal Cornwall Museum and Courtney Library as it marks 200 years since we were founded. In February 1818, a group of Cornish men and women got together in Truro and formed what is now the Royal Institution of Cornwall; and we are still here today helping to show Cornwall to the world and the world to Cornwall. These founders were so inspired by the passion for discovery and invention that was so strong at the time, that they wanted to be a part of it and to share it.
As you might imagine, we are taking the chance to celebrate for the whole year, but not just by looking back at the past 200 years; we are also trying new things and looking forward. There will be celebrations inside and outside the museum with exhibitions and events of all kinds. We will be reorganising whole areas of our collections to reflect the themes of Cornish technological ingenuity over time and to showcase the variety of our collections. We will be involving diverse community groups in our interpretations and activities: drama, dance, song, poetry, lectures and re-enacted historical science experiments will all make up part of RIC 200.
This exhibition will display the museum’s current projects and offer a glimpse into the life of the Royal Institution of Cornwall’s collections.
The Courtney library and archive holds some of the most significant collections of Cornish manuscripts anywhere in the world.
Join us and take part in our events over the year, from poetry and lectures to song and dance there is something for everyone to enjoy in 2018.