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Lecture Series

2018 Spring Lectures

The RIC lecture series is a high quality events programme featuring world-renowned speakers, showcasing academic excellence coming from both inside and outside the Royal Institution of Cornwall.

£ 4 Members , £7  Non-Members , FREE for 14-18 yr olds and concessions for low income families
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February 22nd, 6-7pm
Inaugural Lecture: Dr Simon Naylor : Cornwall’s Scientific Past

This talk provides a history of the foundation of the Royal Institution of Cornwall (RIC) in 1818 and details its early organisational structure, motivations and activities. The talk looks at the RIC’s work in the context of the development of science in nineteenth-century Cornwall in particular and in Britain more generally. The paper draws attention to some of the crucial scientific projects that the RIC was involved in, such as the production of a Cornish fauna, the study of the weather and the survey of the county’s prehistoric remains.

Dr Naylor is a historical geographer at the University of Glasgow. He has previously held academic posts at the Universities of Exeter, Bristol and Oxford. He grew up in west Cornwall. He is the author of Regionalizing Science: Placing Knowledges in Victorian England.
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March 29th, 6-7pm
Cornish Astronomy Heritage/Dark Skies, Bright Stars Project

Take a journey through the numerous astronomical discoveries of Cornwall’s rich 6000-year astronomy heritage with the Mayes Creative team. Their Dark Skies: Bright Stars project, focusing on the archaeoastronomy heritage of East Cornwall, has introduced schools and community groups to The Hurlers stone circles on Bodmin Moor as well as the important work undertaken by Cornish astronomers, Richard Haydon, and John Couch Adams, who discovered Neptune. With Carolyn Kennett (FRAS), historian of astronomy / Editor of The Society for The History of Astronomy Bulletin magazine; and Brian Sheen (FRAS), Director of the Roseland Observatory / RAS Education and Outreach Committee; introduced by Dr. Joanna Mayes, Director, Mayes Creative. www.mayescreative.com
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April 26th, 6-7pm
275,000 Women Will Know the Reason Why
Exploring and representing women’s culture in Cornwall

We have all heard of Trevithick, Trelawney and Q but what about Hocking, Hobhouse and Cade? This lecture explores some of the rich stories behind the women that influenced how Cornwall is understood today and how important their stories are to Cornish identity, heritage and culture.
Dr Gemma Goodman

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May 24th, 6-7pm
Dr Keith Russ, A History Of Cornish Mining
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