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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; we hold 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 Campaign Trail:
Sir Hussey Vivian, From Waterloo to Westminster

As seen in The Times


June 18th 2015 sees the 200th anniversary of The Battle of Waterloo. The Royal Cornwall Museum is staging an exhibition to commemorate Wellington’s famous victory over Napoleon’s forces by celebrating the life of ‘loyal Truronian’ Major-general Sir Richard Hussey Vivian.

Vivian commanded the 6th Cavalry Brigade who were credited with carrying out the final charges that led to Napoleon’s defeat. The exhibition will feature a number of Vivian’s personal effects from the battle such as his campaign sword, banner and pewter. The highlight of the exhibition will be the rehanging of Sir Martin Archer Shee’s newly restored portrait of Vivian in full military regalia standing alongside his white charger.

The exhibition will also tell the story of Sir Hussey Vivian’s political career. Vivian was twice MP for Truro between 1821 and 1831 and was a strong advocate for political reform. This period in Vivian’s life will be used to explore the concepts of parliamentary reform and voting rights both past and present.


Discover more about the portriat of Sir Hussey Vivian

For more information on our Hussey Vivian Crowdfunding campaign please see:

www.crowdfunder.co.uk/Sir Hussey Vivian



Supported by






Place, Kurt Jackson

For this exhibition Kurt has collaborated with 32 writers from a diverse range of backgrounds, resulting in a body of work that varies in scale from postcard-size pieces to large canvasses.
It reveals the physical diversity of the British landscape, whilst providing an insight into the concept of ‘place’ – that collective sense of identity, meaning, longing and nostalgia present within the British psyche.

By inviting 32 contributors, including the writers Robert Macfarlane and Richard Mabey, as well as scientists, poets, and even Michael Eavis (founder of Glastonbury Festival) to write a personal transcript of a place they felt a connection to, Jackson was able to gain an insight into how this eclectic mix of writers and thinkers view the British landscape. This created a unique opportunity for him to shift the location of his work away from the immediately personal, to places, environments and landscapes that generate a sense of attachment in others.

“Everyone has a link to somewhere special. For this project, Place, I turned my normal methods of working upside down and looked for an unsystematic way to relinquish control and to funnel new sources into my working practice; broadening my access into the landscape, opening up new potential avenues and venues for my work. I decided to ask thirty-two different people for their own choice of a preferred location, with them choosing where to ‘send’ me to make work at their own personal place within Britain. This site, this locale would then become the focus for my response in situ and then subsequently in the studios back home. The parameters became not my connections to a place but my connections to the people who chose the place.”
Kurt Jackson, 2015






Fom Great Beginnings to the 21st Century

Paintings and sculpture which were originally collected for schoolchildren in Cornwall in the 1960's. Artists such as Jacob Epstein and Anthony Frost are featured in the collection