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Friday 7th November 1:00pm

Dr. Anthony Phillips: The Bible’s Creation Accounts: Theology or Science?

Dr Phillips will examine the Bible’s account of the origins of creation. The so-called seven day creation account has been used to reject the theory of evolution. He will put this creation account into the context of the older Eden narrative and will explain how it fits into the development of the emergent history of Israel. While the accounts include contemporary scientific observations, this is not their purpose since they are theological, not scientific, statements. This lecture will seriously analyse the Creationism debate.

Anthony Phillips was born in Falmouth where he qualified as a solicitor.  After briefly practicing in London, he read theology at King’s College, London where he was awarded a first class degree.  He obtained his PhD from Cambridge University. He was ordained in 1967 and was successively Dean, Chaplain and Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge and Chaplain and Fellow of St. John’s College, Oxford.  In 1986 he was appointed Headmaster of the King’s School, Canterbury.  He retired back to Cornwall in 1996. He has written a number of books, and has lectured and broadcast widely. He is an ex-Chairman and life Vice-President of the Poly.

The Poly Bar will be open from 12.30 p.m. for drinks. Why not bring a pastie or a sandwich with you, so you have food your body, as well as food for thought?

Tuesday 11th November 7:30pm
Poly Bar

Local History Talks – The Enys Estate

Brought to you by Falmouth’s Local History and Research Group

A presentation by local historian Terry Chapman giving insight into the fascinating history of the house, gardens and owners of the and future plans for the Enys Estate.

The Enys Estate has been owned by members of the influential Enys family since the 13th century. The Estate encompasses the house and outbuildings as well as 30 acres of gardens featuring a range of plants and woodland areas as well as the famous bluebell meadow. Recent developments have included the establishment of a history room where visitors can find out more about the Enys family, the gardens and the house.

7pm in The Bar for a 7:30 start.

£5/£4 concessions (plus Poly fund £1)  Book early. Limited to 40 seats.

Come early for a drink and comfy seats.

Thursday 27th November 7:30pm

Henrietta Boex: Jib-Booms and Bobstays – The Evolution of Maritime Painting

We intend this to be the first in a series of joint lectures between the Poly and the Falmouth Art Gallery.  The evening will also include the screening of a short film on The Poly’s Tuke Collection.

There are three main traditions in Maritime painting – ships’ portraits, historical re-enactments and topography. The artists divide between the formally trained and Pierhead Painters, who were often sailors. Henrietta Boex is the Director of the Falmouth Art Gallery and will examine the evolution of these traditions, with particular reference to artists with Falmouth links.

At sixteen, Henrietta began her art history studies in Paris attending a ‘Cours de Civilisation’ during which time she became an impassioned admirer of Bonnard and as a consequence has never worn sun glasses – no doubt a foolish move. A stint in Australia where she then fell in love with the work of Arthur Streeton and Sidney Nolan was followed by administration of various arts festivals in St Ives, Bristol and Bath. She has also worked in antique furniture restoration. She describes her life as a series of tacks across the great sea of life and so at forty she went off to Plymouth School of Architecture  to study Architectural Studies with Heritage Studies and rejoices in the fact that she was the only person ever to get this qualification from that organisation. This led to project management consultancy which led to Porthcurno Telegraph Museum where she helped deliver their new £3m museum redevelopment project. The job at Falmouth Art Gallery is her dream job and brings together the many strands of her interesting and varied life. She has one grown up son and cooks in Danish.

Tuesday 9th December 7:30pm
Poly Bar

Local History Talks – The Mysterious Loss of The Darlwyne

Brought to you by Falmouth’s Local History and Research Group

The Mysterious Loss of The Darlwyne – A Cornish Holiday Tragedy.  A presentation by researcher and author Martin Banks about the tragic loss of this pleasure cruiser in 1966.

Almost 50 years ago, a boat full of men, women and children left Mylor for a day trip to Fowey little realising that none of them would survive the voyage. Described as one of the worst civil maritime tragedies in modern times, the sinking of the Darlwyne is still shrouded in mystery as the wreck was never found and the bodies of only 12 of the 31 people on board were ever recovered.

St Just author Martin Banks has carried out extensive research into the tragedy and recently had his book, The Mysterious Loss of The Darlwyne: A Cornish Holiday Tragedy, published.

7pm in The Bar for a 7:30 start

£5/£4 concessions (plus Poly fund £1) Book early. Limited to 40 seats.

Taking place in the Poly Bar.  Come early for a drink and comfy seats.