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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 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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October 17th

Cornish Lithium:

Lucy Crane, Cornish Lithium will be talking about Exploration for a new metal in an old mining region.

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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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