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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.

£ 4 Members , £7  Non-Members , FREE for 14-18 yr olds and concessions for low income families
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28th June, 6-7pm
Joan Passey, Corpses, Coasts, and Carriages: Exploring Haunted Cornwall

Why were the Victorians scared of Cornwall? This paper looks at the representation of Cornwall as a frightening, primitive, and Gothic space in literature in the nineteenth century, and how these representations are influenced by cultural changes in the county in this period. From Bram Stoker to Thomas Hardy to Arthur Conan Doyle, join us to find out more about Cornwall’s ghosts and ghouls.

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26th July, 6-7pm
Dr Jo Mattingly 

‘New Insights into the Reformation in the West Country including what Stratton churchwardens were doing in London in 1554’.

Stratton in Cornwall, like Ashburton and Morebath, Devon and only 15 other places, has complete churchwardens’ accounts for 1535-1570. The study of these  three published sets of accounts show both the top-down Protestant Reformation and Catholic rebelliousness.  How desirable or traumatic was the Reformation for Westcountry people of different social status?


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23rd August, 6-7pm
Mike O’Connor
and the Hantergantic Quartet : Cornish Music Comes Alive

Mike O’Connor is a musician and storyteller who works nationwide. Mike lives in St. Ervan and has made the culture of Cornwall very much his own. He has done extensive research into early Cornish music and was central to the discovery and publication of the manuscripts of John Giddy and John Old. In 2002 he was made a Bard of the Gorsedh of Cornwall for services to Cornish music.

With musical friends he now brings this music to life in a hugely entertaining illustrated talk.

This lively programme takes us from about 1737 to 1850 through the medium of manuscripts found in Cornwall.
The programme of music this evening is from the manuscripts of:

John Giddy of Kea, c1735
Francis Prideaux of Padstow, c1790
Charles Bennett of Truro, 1765
Buller (?) of Morval House, c1770
Charles Bennett of Truro, 1765
John Old of Par, 1807
William Allen of St Ives 1815 et seq

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