The Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society - known affectionately by locals as 'The Poly' - is one of Falmouth's cultural hubs. A live arts and community venue, it hosts cinema, theatre, music, talks, workshops, a community pottery, a local makers' guild shop, and a fully licensed cafe-bar - all housed in an iconic grade-II* listed building in the heart of Falmouth.
It houses two galleries: the popular street-fronted Spring Gallery, and a much larger Main Gallery at the back of the building, frequently used by the local universities for student shows. Both are available to hire by local artists. Spring Gallery exhibitions change over almost weekly, so it's always worth a visit!
Founded in 1833, The Poly was the inspiration of two young women - Anna Maria and Caroline Fox. The Cornwall Polytechnic Society was formed to '...promote the useful and fine arts, to encourage industry, and to elicit the ingenuity of a community distinguished for its mechanical skill.
Today, it is a charity working to promote engagement in the arts, sciences and Cornish history. It is the home of Falmouth History Archive, and the proud guardian of locally, nationally and internationally significant collections of heritage archives and many of the works of Henry Scott Tuke.
We hope you'll pay us a visit on your trip to vibrant, beautiful Falmouth!