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Lecture Series

Royal Institution of Cornwall 2019 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.


Every Third Thursday of the Month from 6pm-7pm
£4 Members, £7 Non-Members
FREE for 16’s and under

July 18th

Finds Liaison Officer for Cornwall- Anna Tyacke
Anna Tyacke will be speaking about new finds from Cornwall, to co-incide with the 2019 Festival of Archaeology.
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August 22nd- LGBTQ Stories at the Museum- Dan Vo
Dan Vo founded the award-winning volunteer-led LGBTQ Tours at V&A, London and developed Bridging Binaries for University of Cambridge Museums. He works with museums and galleries to shine a light on objects which explore gender and sexual identities through a queer lens.
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September 19th
Western Rising of 1549 – the so-called ‘Prayer Book Rebellion’ Prof Mark Stoyle
Professor Mark Stoyle is a Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Southampton. He specialises in exploring the cultural, ethnic and religious identity in Wales and Cornwall between 1450 and 1700.

Professor Stoyle many publications on Cornwall during the 15th and 16th Centuries include:

Stoyle, M. (2017). The Western Rebellion of 1549: religious protest in Devon and Cornwall.
Stoyle, M. (2014). ‘Fullye bente to fighte oute the matter’: reconsidering Cornwall’s role in the Western Rebellion of 1549.
Stoyle, M. (2002). West Britons: Cornish identities and the early modern British state. Exeter, GB: University of Exeter Press.
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October 24th
Cornish Lithium: Exploration for a new metal in an old mining region
Lucy Crane, Cornish Lithium

Elevated lithium values from hot springs in Cornwall were first reported by Miller in 1864, and were subsequently recognised in many tin and copper mines which were worked until the end of the 20th century. With increased interest in renewable energy sources and rising demand for batteries for electric vehicles, the lithium contained within these deep Cornish brines is now of significant interest. The growth in the electric vehicles (EV) market and the demand for Li-ion batteries that followed has completely changed the prospects for lithium mining worldwide and, potentially, in Cornwall. In 2016, the number of EVs on the road rose to over two million worldwide, marking a significant jump over the last decade from less than 200,000 on the road in 2006. These numbers are expected to grow significantly over the coming two decades ahead of outrights bans on the sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles by many governments, including that of the UK.

Recent advances in lithium extraction technologies, without the use of solar evaporation, now offer the potential to extract lithium from brine at much lower levels of concentration. Not only do these technologies have a much smaller environmental footprint than traditional evaporation ponds, but they will also make the process much more efficient. By identifying lithium bearing brines at depth, Cornish Lithium is planning to drill extraction boreholes into large ‘cross-course’ fault structures in autumn 2019 which are believed to act as conduits for permeable fluid flow.

Cornish Lithium has successfully secured rights to extract lithium from brine over large areas of Cornwall. The company believes that the presence of lithium bearing brines in the County may now represent a commercial opportunity.

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November 21st
Mining and Miners at South Crofty mine, Mark Kaczmarek
As an ex-miner from South Crofty, Mark will be talking about the closing of the mine, the mining industry in the latter half of the 20th century, his later work with Camborne School of Mines and where the future of mining in Cornwall may turn.
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