Cornwall LivingIssue #124

Lighting the way

Discovering Cornwall’s rich and vast history at the Royal Cornwall Museum.


Whether you identify as Cornish or if Cornwall is a place that you hold dear to your heart, the team at the Royal Cornwall Museum warmly invite you to discover the story of Cornwall at the world’s greatest museum for Cornish art and culture. Caring for some of the most significant collections in Cornwall that, together, tell the story of this nation and our links to the rest of the world, you’re sure to come away having learnt something new about this enchanting Duchy. 

‘Cornishness’ encompasses a vast history, rich archaeology, mythology, a famous art scene, a once-thriving mining community, a tourism destination, an enviable place to live, and at times, a difficult place to live. Resilience, creativity and a sense of community have been key to the development of the Cornish identity, and you can witness this story unfold at the Royal Cornwall Museum with the launch of two exciting exhibitions this summer.

Into the Carrick Roads: Exploring Hidden Cornwall will be running from 23rd July to 23rd December, presenting a visual journey along the river from Falmouth to Truro by award-winning Cornwall-based artist Andrew Barrowman, capturing the changing light and landscapes on his travels.

A British Museum Spotlight Loan Gathering Light: A Bronze Age Golden Sun will be on show from 6th August to 5th November, where you’ll discover the most significant Bronze Age gold metalwork in over a century. Found in the Shropshire Marches in May 2018, the gold pendant dates between 1000-800BC and includes a rare depiction of the sun not previously seen on objects found in Britain. This pendant celebrated the life-giving power of the sun during the time of the earliest metalworkers, revealing the importance of the sun in people’s lives and its centrality to their beliefs in this period.

Another piece of exciting news is that as part of the exhibition, the Towednack Hoard will also be returning to the Duchy for the first time in 90 years. The hoard consists of nine pieces of Bronze Age gold found in Cornwall in 1931, including four bracelets and two torcs.

With a shop full of local products, including cards, toys, prints, books and more, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for someone, and as a charity that does not receive regular funding, your support is vital to the success of the Royal Cornwall Musuem.