The Poly

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

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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 – fourteen leather-bound Minutes books, the earlier ones in beautiful manuscript, giving details of the monthly discussions and decisions made by the Committee from 1833 to 1949.

In addition, for nearly 100 years the RCPS issued an Annual Report, giving in great detail the activities and progress of the Society from year to year. This report sometimes ran to as many as 300 pages, containing, as well as domestic details, academic and learned papers written for the Society by its members, usually relating to Cornish interests. These were exchanged with Reports of similar organisations around the world. We still have more of our own than we know what to do with – many with their pages still uncut.

In the annual exhibitions, prizes were awarded for the best exhibits, some in cash, many in the form of bronze, silver, and in four cases, gold medals. By 1869 a total of nearly 1,000 medals had been awarded, and cash in lieu to the amount of £4,000. They nearly bankrupted the Society. One of our galleries in named the Spring Gallery after Howard Spring who was an early president of the society.

Irene's Ghost with Director Q&A

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Pop-Up-Poly

Once again, Pop-Up-Poly sees our impressive Main Gallery transformed into temporary studio spaces. It’s your chance to...

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Rafiki

Romantic sparks fly between the daughters of two opposing politicians in Wanuri Kahiu’s neon-bright story of forbidden...

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