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Celebrating 200 Years

Making a Start:

As well as being a home for history, the Royal Institution of Cornwall (the museum and Courtney Library) has its own fascinating past. In 2018, we will be celebrating 200 years since the RIC’s beginnings in Truro. We are lucky enough to have the recorded minutes to the very first meeting on 5th February 1818, and they reveal that the men and women who founded the society were passionately committed to the idea of encouraging discussion and discovery and furthering knowledge. The founders set up a public lecture series and even before they had found an adequate building, they had decided that there needed to be a museum, and started building up the collections of objects from Cornwall and beyond. To date, the Royal Institution of Cornwall has amassed over 1,000,000 objects reflecting culture and diversity from all over the world from prehistory to the present day. What’s more, we are proud still to be expanding our collections.

How we are celebrating RIC200:

We will be celebrating inside and outside the museum with exhibitions and events of all types: drama, dance, song and poetry, lectures and re-enacted historical science experiments, to name just a few. We will also be reorganising whole areas of our collections to reflect the themes of Cornish technological ingenuity over time and showcasing the breadth of our collections taking the theme of Cornwall to the World and the World to Cornwall. So, however you think of us: Royal Institution of Cornwall, Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro Museum, County Museum, help us countdown to celebrations and join us in our special bi-centenary year.