The Royal Institution of Cornwall - the organisation that owns and manages the Royal Cornwall Museum and Courtney Library - was founded in 1818 for 'the promotion of knowledge in natural history, ethnology and the fine and industrial arts, especially in relation to Cornwall'. This is still at the heart of everything we do, from collecting, display, exhibitions, education, publishing and our outreach programmes
The Royal Institution of Cornwall, founded in 1818, was set up to promote excellence across all fields relating to Cornwall's world leading industries and art through the creation of the Royal Cornwall Museum, the Courtney Library and a programme of lectures.
The Royal Institution of Cornwall will become a beacon for Cornish heritage and culture; involving and inspiring people through engagement with Cornish heritage and its links to the world.
Our mission is to use our unique collections to provide a welcoming, dynamic and lively cultural hub that inspires people to explore, learn about and enjoy Cornish heritage and its links to the world thereby contributing to the economic and social welfare of the county