A new autumn Lecture Series has been announced at National Maritime Museum Cornwall featuring talks from some of the country’s leading experts.

The lectures will cover a variety of subjects including ancient maps, sea monsters and tattoos.

The series starts on Thursday 23 September with Maps, Globes & Monsters with Dr Megan Barford, historian and Curator of Cartography at Royal Museums Greenwich.

In their talk Dr Barford will explore why there are depictions of monsters in the stars on 16th and 17th Century globes and atlases.

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On Thursday 21 October, Dr Darren Naish delves into the mysterious world of the cryptozoologists – a maverick group of monster experts with this talk Hunting Monsters.

Dr Naish is a leading zoologist and Guest Curator for Monsters of the Deep, National Maritime Museum Cornwall’s latest blockbuster exhibition.

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The final talk in the series is by Dr Matt Lodder on Thursday 25 November where he will discuss both the research content for the critically acclaimed exhibition Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed, and the practical issues of creating an exhibition of a marginalised art form.

The lectures will be hybrid events with tickets available to attend the lecture in-person, taking place in the Museum’s lecture theatre, or to join the talk online.

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Stuart Slade, National Maritime Museum Cornwall’s Head of Public Programming said: "We’re very excited that audiences across the country, and indeed the world, can access our talks virtually in real time – a first for the Museum.

"We have made some significant updates to our existing technology to allow us to be able to take the Lecture Series and our other programming online.

"This hybrid approach will become a core part of our programming moving forwards."

Tickets start from £6 and can be booked via nmmc.co.uk.