March to 19th November 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.