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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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April 26th, 6-7pm
275,000 Women Will Know the Reason Why
Exploring and representing women’s culture in Cornwall

We have all heard of Trevithick, Trelawney and Q but what about Hocking, Hobhouse and Cade? This lecture explores some of the rich stories behind the women that influenced how Cornwall is understood today and how important their stories are to Cornish identity, heritage and culture.

This lecture will put women of Cornwall, their lives and work, centre stage. It will begin with a look at women in a range of fields, who we may or may not already be familiar with, before focusing on literary women who have written about Cornwall. Who are they and what is the significance of the versions of Cornwall they create in their work to understanding women’s culture in Cornwall.
Dr Gemma Goodman

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May 24th, 6-7pm
Dr Keith Russ, A History Of Cornish Mining

“This talk will provide a brief introduction to the long and varied history of Cornish Mining, from the small beginnings through to the closure of the last mine in 1998. The talk will introduce some of the famous and not so famous people and mines which made Cornwall the centre of invention and the nursery of hard rock mining. The talk will be filled with facts and figures, photographs old and new and a chance to see what some of the mines may have looked like through the use of the author’s extensive 3d mine model.

Keith is a mining engineer from Kent who came to Cornwall 30 years ago to study at the world famous Camborne School of Mines (CSM) and never went home ! Having studied for a PhD at CSM, he taught there for 6 years, before transferring to work for Western United Mines reopening South Crofty Mine.”

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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 Michael Carter: Senior Buildings Historian English Heritage: New Light on Dark Places: reinterpreting medieval monasteries on the eve of the Reformation

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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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