The Poly

The Poly is a thriving charity promoting engagement in the arts, sciences and Cornish history through film, live events, exhibitions, lectures and workshops, with our roots in artistic and technological innovation and local industry.

 

Summer in February Q&A at The Poly

Outside The Poly

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.

Our film programme showcases British, independent, foreign language, documentary, Cornish, and classic films. In 1910, The Poly was the first of seven cinemas to open in Falmouth, and – apart from Covid-19 restrictions – we haven’t shut since!

Our vision is to be one of Cornwall’s foremost community venues, providing exciting, inclusive, and innovative entertainment, and learning and development opportunities in the arts, sciences and history.

 

 

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