The Poly

24 Church St, Falmouth : 01326 319461
The Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society

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Archive & Collections

The Society was formed in 1833, and in two years the building had been erected for a single purpose: an annual exhibition in the Polytechnic Hall of developments in science and the arts.

These exhibitions continued until 1944, when the Society realized that it must change its nature. The Hall became a theatre, and the Arts Centre was formed. Without our historic building there would be no records - in fact there would be no Poly.

Up until recently The Poly used to issue a regular glossy magazine with erudite articles on art and science, some articles, including ones on the Tukes and the Man Engine, from the last three magazines can be viewed here.

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Tuke Collection

The RCPS Collection or works by the renowned Falmouth artist Henry Scott Tuke contains 280 pieces of work and is thought to be the largest collection of Tuke's work in public ownership. Originally a gift of 252 works in 1965.

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RCPS Archive

The Society's earliest archives are the deeds for the building - large, indented parchment documents of considerable beauty and historical interest. The Victorians were excellent record keepers, and the Society retains its most valuable single archive.

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Falmouth History Archive

The Falmouth History Archive is led by a friendly and committed group of volunteers who have a wealth of knowledge about Falmouth and its history.

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I, Daniel Blake

A disabled man struggles with welfare red tape in Ken Loach's powerful, humane, award-winning drama. ...

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Another chance to catch Almodóvar's popular and captivating new drama about a mother's mysterious relationship with her...

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