Celebrating 200 Years
2018 is a particularly special year for us here at the Royal Cornwall Museum and Courtney Library as it marks 200 years since we were founded. In February 1818, a group of Cornish men and women got together in Truro and formed what is now the Royal Institution of Cornwall; and we are still here today helping to show Cornwall to the world and the world to Cornwall. These founders were so inspired by the passion for discovery and invention that was so strong at the time, that they wanted to be a part of it and to share it.
As you might imagine, we are taking the chance to celebrate for the whole year, but not just by looking back at the past 200 years; we are also trying new things and looking forward. There will be celebrations inside and outside the museum with exhibitions and events of all kinds. We will be reorganising whole areas of our collections to reflect the themes of Cornish technological ingenuity over time and to showcase the variety of our collections. We will be involving diverse community groups in our interpretations and activities: drama, dance, song, poetry, lectures and re-enacted historical science experiments will all make up part of RIC 200.
The newly organised Main Gallery will tell the story of Cornwall’s technological advances from the beginnings of human activity to the present day using our own objects, interactive interpretation and a series of hands on workshops.
During our bi-centenary year, World Wide Wonders celebrates 200 years of global collecting at the RIC. This year-long exhibition will celebrate our diverse collections and their fascinating stories that have opened windows onto the world, both for us and for those who have come before us.
The title Hireth is a Cornish word for which there is no direct English translation. It describes an intangible feeling, a longing for the familiarity and comfort of a place.
Throughout the year and new selections will be made by a variety of community groups who will try to encapsulate what Cornwall means to them, jointly curating and interpreting the show with museum staff.
This exhibition will display the museum’s current projects and offer a glimpse into the life of the Royal Institution of Cornwall’s collections.
The Courtney library and archive holds some of the most significant collections of Cornish manuscripts anywhere in the world.
Join us and take part in our events over the year, from poetry and lectures to song and dance there is something for everyone to enjoy in 2018.