The historic town of Penzance gained its Royal Charter of Incorporation in May 1614, and this exhibition celebrates the 400th anniversary by exploring the changing face of Penzance through its long and fascinating history. Using paintings, photographs, and artefacts, the show explores quirky facets of our fascinating municipality, from its earliest origins to significant events in living memory. The exhibition also celebrates the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall, central to which was Penzanceâ™s most famous son, Sir Humphry Davy, the internationally renowned scientist and inventor. Curated with assistance from Dr Joanna Mattingly.
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