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Poldark trail at Cornwall Museum

Posted on 2 September 2016

Dr Hannah Greig curates new guide to 18th century collections ahead of latest series

Dr Hannah Greig is the Historical Advisor for the BBC series Poldark. She has now curated a new guide to 18th century collections at the Royal Cornwall Museum ahead of the TV series’ return this autumn.

The museum is home to Poldark author Winston Graham’s handwritten manuscripts, his typewriter, and the Winston Graham Historical Fiction Prize. To build on this longstanding association with the author, the new trail links objects to the the TV series as well as to the broader historical period of the Poldark story. This includes weaponry, clothing, paintings, and household items.

The walking guide combines Dr Greig’s behind-the-scenes knowledge of TV production with her expertise on 18th century artefacts. She said "The Poldark books depict a fascinating era where issues of wealth, credit and debt were a daily problem. They are complex themes, and as such audiences of historical drama expect a high level of factual accuracy. This is particularly important if we are to do justice to the original novels and its characters. 

“The Poldark trail at Cornwall museum will highlight how pivotal objects such as 18th century furniture, ceramics, clothing, and weapons are to telling the story of this popular character and the period in which he lived.” 

Ian Wall, Director of Royal Cornwall Museum, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Dr Greig; without her this trail, which illustrates many aspects of Cornish life and reveals the real history behind the Poldark novels and TV series, wouldn’t be possible.” 

Dr Greig is an established historical consultant for film, television and theatre.  Alongside Poldark, her credits include The Duchess, Death Comes to Pemberley, and Jamaica Inn. Poldark series two returns on 4 September. You can follow her on Twitter: @Hannah_Greig.