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Lecture Series

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.

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Harlyn Bay: Exploring Cornwall’s Largest Iron Age Cemetery- Alexis Jordan
August 24th, 6-7pm

Alexis Jordan is an archaeologist and PhD candidate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee conducting dissertation research on RCM’s human remains collection from the site of Harlyn Bay, the largest Iron Age cemetery in Cornwall (c. 1st century BCE-1st century CE). It was excavated between 1900-1905.
Due to the commingling of human remains from multiple individuals and the disassociation of these remains from records of specific burials, this collection has been studied on a very limited scale. Utilizing skeletal analyses and archival research, Ms. Jordan is working to re-associate the disparate parts of this collection to better understand the people of Harlyn Bay.

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From the Congo to Cornwall:A Geologist’s Journey from Fact to Fiction- Ken McKehnie
September 28th, 6-7pm 

Ken McKechnie is a geologist and novelist. For 35 years he explored some of world’s most remote regions, mining precious metals, gold and diamonds. His writing is inspired by the extraordinary men and women he worked with, and the rugged landscapes he worked in. His latest novel, The Boy in the Dark, is set in mid-nineteenth century Cornwall. His illustrated talk centres on the lives of Cornish miners illuminated by his own experience.

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Coastal Heritage risk – Imagery in Support of Heritage Management In South-West England (CHeRISH)- Prof Robin McInnes
October 26th, 6-7pm

A new study exploring the role that historical imagery can fulfill in support of managing heritage at risk around the coastline of south-west England has just be published. The CHeRISH study was commissioned by Historic England from Professor Robin McInnes OBE FRSA, a coastal scientist and art historian. The study findings, which are drawn from 23 case studies in the south-west, demonstrate the usefulness of artworks, early photographs and postcards (1770-1950) in terms of heritage management in a changing climate.

Robin McInnes OBE FICE FGS FRSA Geologist, Coastal Scientist, Art Historian and Author. For 10 years Robin chaired the Coastal Defence Groups of England and Wales. He was appointed OBE for ‘Services to Flood and Coastal Defence’ in 2006. He is managing consultant of Isle of Wight-based consultancy Coastal & Geotechnical Services.

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The Library at Lanhydrock House and the Court of King Henry VIII- James Carley
November 24th, 6-7pm

This talk will discuss three books in the library at Lanhydrock House associated with the court of King Henry VIII.  The first two are manuscripts deriving from his library at Westminster. Containing works by William of Ockham (d. 1347), they represent part of the campaign leading to the break with Rome in 1534 and one has annotations relating to this campaign.

The third is the unique printed copy of an epitalamion written by Jean Mallard, ‘orator in the French tongue’ to Henry VIII to celebrate the marriage of Francis, duc de Bar, to Christine of Denmark, niece of Charles V, on 10 July 1541.  It seems likely that this book also comes from the royal library and got to Lanhydrock by the same route as the other two, but how it came to Henry VIII’s library is somewhat of a mystery since Mallard seems to have left the service of the English king by 1541.

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