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Courtney Library

Cornish History Research Centre

In celebration of RIC200, the library has undertaken conservation and digitisation of one its prized pieces.  The manuscript in question is a working notebook of renowned eighteenth-century mineralogist and collector, Philip Rashleigh.

There will also be a new exhibition case dedicated to the library, situated on the balcony. Throughout the year, this case will allow a changing selection of the library’s treasures of manuscripts, early printed books, and texts unique to Cornwall and its history to be displayed.

The Courtney library and archive holds some of the most significant collections of Cornish manuscripts anywhere in the world. It also includes steam engine inventor and engineer Richard Trevithick’s original correspondence, and internationally best-selling author, Winston Graham’s original manuscripts.

The Courtney Library works with both local and international partners to advance knowledge and mutual understanding of Cornish culture – past and present.

Download a copy of Cornwall related books from our library: Local Book Catalogue

Opening Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

10—1pm & 2—4pm by appointment only

Free for members or £4.50 for a Library Pass

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