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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

TUESDAY May 28th
‘LOOK! UP IN THE SKY!’

How I went from Superman to John Couch Adams- Keith Sparrow

A talk on the art of manga and a passion for drawing and inspiring young artists.
Keith is a Truro-based artist, writer and performer. He runs popular drawing sessions across Cornwall and even on the other side of the Tamar. His other activities include working with The Story Republic performing Cornish poetry, short stories and songs, and
The Bowie Lounge, a creative response to the music of David Bowie.

Keith’s work forms a large part of our exhibition ‘Eye to the Sky; John Couch Adams and the Discovery of Neptune’

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June 11th ***special lecture to commemorate the the opening of the RIC building in 1919- 100 years on this date***
The History of The Royal Cornwall Museum Buildings, River Street, Truro and the Architect Philip Sambell- Sue Coney
The History of The Royal Cornwall Museum Buildings, River Street, Truro and the Architect Philip SambellThe Museum contains a fascinating collection of artefacts, art and literature from all historical ages in the history of Cornwall. However, the buildings that house the collections should be considered as two of the most precious artefacts not only for the Museum itself but also for the City of Truro.

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June 20th
Algorithmic Art- Tariq Rashid

Algorithmic art, art forms where the significant element of its design is created by mathematics or data, is growing in prominence and popularity. Whether it is the endless alien terrains in computer games, or music composed by genetic algorithms, robots performing machine learned verse or an animated journey into the infinitely detailed Mandelbrot fractals, all algorithmic art at its core unlocks the hidden beauty, and sometimes the unexpected chaos, of mathematics and logic.

Tariq will be giving an introductory overview of the algorithmic art, covering some of the recent art forms, demonstrating how mathematics can be unexpectedly beautiful, and provoking a discussion on whether code and data is the unavoidable media for artists responding and reflecting our increasingly digital age.

Tariq has long been interested in the intersection of technology, science and art, and currently runs a successful algorithmic art group with over 3000 members. He also encourages children to learn to code through creativity and art.

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July 9th ***Special Lecture***
Cornwall and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Dr Charlotte Mackenzie

When Britain was a maritime kingdom Cornwall was not at the periphery. This talk looks at Cornwall’s inter-relationships with the transatlantic slave trade including the successful abolition campaign: The Cornish landowners and merchants whose wealth derived partly from the transatlantic slave trade. Cornish merchants who traded with Africa. Black people living in and visiting Cornwall. Ships and shipping agents at Falmouth. The opinions of Cornwall’s 44 MPs. The abolition campaign from the 1780s. Two Cornish poets writing against the slave trade. And the
estimated 12,000 people in Cornwall who joined the West Indian sugar boycott.

Charlotte MacKenzie lives in Cornwall where she is a freelance historical researcher and writer. Her current research is on women and eighteenth century Cornwall. Charlotte is the author of several Cornish history books, won the 2016 Cardew Rendle prize awarded by the Royal Cornwall Museum, is an Associate of the Institute of Cornish Studies and was previously a senior lecturer in history at Bath Spa University.

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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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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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