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Thursday 26th November 7:30pm

Catherine Wallace: Falmouth Maritime Masters: 1880 – 1930

The Falmouth Lecture is a brand new public lecture event organised in turn by the cultural institutions of Falmouth. The Falmouth Lectures will take place twice a year and offers an opportunity for local communities and interested visitors to come together at an event that focuses attention on a combination of two or more themes which embrace Falmouth’s identity as a modern cultural and intellectual centre, namely Maritime-Heritage-Art.

The very first Falmouth Lecture will be delivered in the town’s most ancient scholarly institution, The Poly, or, as it is more formally known, the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society, and will be delivered by the Tuke expert, Catherine Wallace.  This first event has been jointly organised by The Poly and National Maritime Museum Cornwall. The 2nd Falmouth Lecture will take place at the Maritime Museum in May 2016.

The inaugural Falmouth Lecture looks at the maritime  painters who lived and worked in Falmouth  in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including Charles Napier Hemy, Henry Scott Tuke and William Ayerst Ingram, amongst others.  Their work captured the working boats, yachting regattas and the last days of  the tall ships.

Catherine Wallace is a freelance art historian, curator, writer and lecturer specialising in British 19th and 20th century art with a focus on artists who were based in Cornwall, England.

Catherine also has an in depth knowledge of commercial contemporary art and artists from Cornwall.




Saturday 28th November 2:30pm

Lesvos Refugee Crisis Fund-Raiser

Come along to this pop-up exhibition, raising funds to support the work of volunteers who are currently working with the refugees on the island of Lesvos.

Initiated by student Ruby Ingleheart, Art Foundation students from Falmouth University will be selling art work, cards and gifts (don’t forget it’s nearly Christmas!), as well as lots of yummy food.  Lily Hayes, Jo Horne and Joe Matthias will be providing live music and you can see if you’re lucky in the raffle.

This event has been inspired by Ruby Brookman Prins , the daughter of Manda Brookman, Director of COAST (the sustainable tourism network).   Ruby has been working in Lesvos for the last two and a half months, giving direct support to the refugees.  Manda will talk on the work that the volunteers have been doing.

All the money raised from this event will be going straight out to the volunteers in Lesvos, and will be spent on essential supplies for the refugees.



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.

Wednesday 2nd December 7:45pm

This Changes Everything

A film, based on Naomi Klein‘s new book

Naomi Klein, the author of No Logo, has emerged as one of the most powerful new voices confronting the damage we humans, and the economic system we have created, are doing to ourselves and our environment.

This powerful campaigning film is explicitly written and produced to encourage debate within local communities.  This film will also be screened in a number of other venues across Cornwall.

Even if you can’t come to this screening, you can simply buy the book on which the film is based, but don’t just sit at home reading it.  Come along and contribute to the discussion which is what this evening is all about.

You can watch the trailer here (and find details about the book):




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