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Lecture Series

2018 Summer 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.


September 20th 6-7pm
Curator Sarah Lloyd-Durrant 

‘Mongst Mines and Miners: The Experimental Mining Photography of J.C. Burrow

‘Mongst Mines and Miners was first published in 1893 and contains 27 plates illustrating underground, hard rock mining in Cornwall, England. They were taken by local photographer John Charles Burrow and they are the earliest extant photographs of this Cornish subject matter.

This talk will focus on how the lens of J C Burrow’s camera represented the miners and mining techniques of Cornwall in the 1890s. By drawing on Burrow’s images and published essays we will examine how his experiments and preferred photographic techniques may have affected this representation of underground working. Secondly, we shall look at the publication of the photographic album entitled ‘Mongst Mines and Miners, it’s intended audiences and its depictions of mining techniques.

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October 18th 6-7pm
Curator Michael Harris

Learn about the RIC Art Collection

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November 22nd  6-7pm
Archaeologist and Trustee of the RIC Nick Johnson

Rural Idyll to Post Industrial landscape in 200 years  how our industrial revolution changed the face of Cornwall

The talk will explore how the landscape of Cornwall has been changed by industrialisation, tourism, war and government over the last 200 years.  In 1800 over half of Cornwall was a land of moors, downland and dunes with the remainder being medieval derived settlements and farms along the valleys. The mining and quarrying revolution of the late 18th and early 19th century resulted in huge areas being given over to mining activity, miner’s smallholdings, great Parks and Gardens of the ‘mineral lords’ and new industrial housing and industrial enterprises. As mining declined at the end of the century so tourism increased and coastal areas absorbed ever greater landscapes associated with leisure. The two World Wars and post War state intervention in the countryside have also left their mark. The landscape of Cornwall that we experience today is very different from that which Captain Poldark would recognise about the time that the RIC was founded.

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