If you take a walk around Truro these days, from most parts of the city you’ll be able to see a tall, towering column standing proud amongst the spires and rooftops. Atop this column is weatherbeaten effigy of Richard Lander, one of Cornwall’s most famous sons. This lasting memorial to this brave and inspirational explorer doesn’t tell the whole story of Lander’s achievements.

In the latest issue of myCornwall, we discover the man behind the statue. After leaving home aged nine in search of adventure, tracing the course of the River Niger to its delta and attacks from native tribes, Lander is an explorer that has not only secured his place in the consciousness of Victorian exploration, but has also helped boost Truro as a capital city.

Be sure to pick your copy of the Dec/Jan issue up now! Available in shops or via subscription.