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Tuesday 15th September 7:45pm

The Dissenters Burying Ground, Ponsharden

Restoration Progress and New Discoveries

Following their sell out talk and the launch of their book in 2013, volunteers Robert Nunn and Tom Weller will discuss the ongoing work and recent discoveries at the final resting place of many important local people.

A Local History talk, brought to you by Falmouth Local History and Research Group.

Please Note:  Start time of talk is 8.00 p.m.  Book early – limited to 40 seats.

Saturday 19th September 2:00pm

The Making of Poldark

Winston Graham’s bestselling series of historical novels ‘Poldark’ have recently been adapted again for television. The BBC One drama series was received with great acclaim earlier this year and catapulted the hero Ross (Aidan Turner) and Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) to stardom.

Debbie Horsfield, screenwriter for this fabulous new series and Andrew Graham, Winston Graham’s son, and consultant on the BBC series will discuss the challenge of bringing Poldark to life for the small screen in 2015.

There will be a panel discussion and book signing to follow.

We hope that members of the cast/crew may attend. (TBC)

Hosted by Falmouth Bookseller with Pan Macmillan and Mammoth Screen Productions.

Tickets £3



Thursday 24th September - Thursday 19th November

Art History & Appreciation Course: The Life and Art of Henry Scott Tuke

Study the Life and Art of Henry Scott Tuke (1858 – 1929) Falmouth’s Most Famous Painter with art historian and curator Catherine Wallace.

In this 8 week course we look at the life and work of Falmouth’s most famous painters Henry Scott Tuke. From his formative years in Falmouth- his training and early travels; through to his fame he achieved as a member of the Newlyn School; the inspiration of Cornwall and its people, his approach to portraiture whether it was locals or lords and ladies; his maritime art; his approach to painting the nude outdoors and comparing it with his contemporaries; his travels abroad and at home. Week 8 will be held at Falmouth Art gallery looking at the Poly’s unique collection of his work.

To book a place please contact Catherine Wallace on talks@cathwallace.co.uk or 01326 618914 or 07974995085
Payments by cheque, BACS or cash only – 8 weeks £120
24 September – 19 November 2015 (No Class 8 October) Thursdays, 2.00 – 4.00 p.m.

Thursday 24th September 7:30pm

Charles Fox and Cornish Gardens

The National Trust garden of Glendurgan is one of the great Cornish gardens. Drawing on a wide selection of photographys, Charles Fox will tell the story of five generations of his family who developed the garden, and will refer to the other gardens – Trebah, Penjerrick, Fox Rosehill – which were also created by this exceptional family.

Charles Fox is an artist and garden designer, and also a descendant of  Alfred Fox, who started the garden at Glendurgan. Charles has written “Glendurgan: A Personal Memoir of a Garden in Cornwall” (2004) and has lectured extensively about the wider Cornish garden scene.


Wednesday 21st October 7:45pm

Ron Scamp – Daffodils, Old and New

Ron Scamp, and son Adrian are the country’s top daffodil breeders and growers.  Ron will give an insight into the preservation of historical varieties and the production of new varieties.

Friday 30th October 7:30pm


This is the fascinating story of the Second World War’s Allied Codebreakers, who deciphered a vast number of German secret messages and used this intelligence to hasten Allied victory.  The Germans had entrusted their secret communications to an ingenious ciphering machine the Enigma, which was portable, easily operated, and could be set up in millions of ways. The codes were used and every one was changed every 24 hours.

The Allies gained invaluable information about troop and aircraft dispositions, orders of battle, U-boat movements, technical development, military intentions and tank and artillery strengths. It is generally reckoned that the intelligence from Enigma shortened the war by about two years.

Dr Mark Baldwin has made a detailed study of the Enigma machine, the code-breaking work at Bletchley Park, and U-boats and has built up a unique collection of slides which illustrate the main features of those important facts of the Second World War. He has prepared an entertaining instructive show on this subject.

The talk is followed by an opportunity for questions, then a hands-on demonstration of one of the very few surviving Enigma machines.

We will also be screening THE IMITATION GAME on Saturday 31st October at 2.30pm

Ticket Prices: Talk £9 plus £1 Poly Fund; Talk + Film screening £11 plus £1 Poly Fund

Enigma Machine

Wednesday 11th November 7:45pm

From The Sea to The Sky: The Evolution of The Fear of Invasion on The British Home Front, 1914-1915


Speaker:  Dr. Catriona Pennell, ~Senior Lecturer in History, University of Exeter

On the morning of 4 August 1914 the biggest invasion force of modern times invaded neutral Belgium. Not only did the German army violate Belgian and French territory but it committed acts of atrocity previously unimaginable within ‘civilised’ Europe. Amongst ordinary British and Irish people, the invasion manifested itself in a sense of palpable fear that the same could happen on British soil.

This talk will track the evolution of invasion fears amongst ordinary people in Britain and Ireland over the opening twelve months of the war in order to highlight the chronology of fear as experienced by contemporaries at the time. While a landed invasion was believed imminent following the bombardment of Hartlepool, Scarborough and Whitby on 16 December 1914, from that Christmas onwards people began to look to the skies as a frightful new arm – air bombardment – became an increasing possibility and a dark foreboding of wars of the future.

Tuesday 17th November 7:45pm

Ivor Corkell: The Life & Times of William Murdoch

Ivor Corkell is Secretary to the Old Cornwall Society, and Secretary to Camborne Old Cornwall Society.

The Scottish engineer, William Murdoch arrived in Redruth in 1779, when he was sent here by the Birmingham company, Boulton and Watts.  Murdock spent twenty years checking for infringements to Boulton & Watts steam engines and he went on to have a distinguished career as an engineer and inventor.  In 1792, his Redruth house became the first in the world to have gas lighting. Redruth commemorates his achievements and legacy every year, when they hold their annual Murdoch Day.

Tuesday 1st December 7:45pm

Dr. Paul Gainey: The Flora & Fauna of The Lizard Peninsula

Paul Gainey has been to The Poly on numerous occasions, entertaining and informing his audience with he knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Lizard Peninsula.

Thursday 3rd December 7:30pm

An Evening with Stephen Moss

Stephen Moss is an award winning producer of Natural History programmes for television. He was the original producer for BBC’s ‘Springwatch’ and worked on the programme from 2005 to 2010. Other major works include ‘Big Cat Diary’ and ‘The Nature of Britain’ with Alan Titchmarsh.

All of Bill Oddie’s birdwatching programmes were produced by Stephen and he also made ‘Birds Britannia’ about the relationship between the people of Britain and the birds around them.

He is the author of many top selling natural history books, a broadcaster on Radio 4 and a columnist for ‘The Guardian’.

Stephen’s illustrated talk will be about the ups, the downs and the various crises that filming nature can throw at the crew.

“My passion is to communicate the wonders of the natural world to the widest possible audience”

stephen moss