Cornish Heroes

Key information: free, on-site visit, 1 hour per class, Key Stage 2 

In this workshop pupils study a selection of copies of original archives to learn more about the lives of three heroes with connections to Cornwall. Pupils are encouraged to look at photos, newspapers, handwritten letters, printed extracts and other images to find out key facts about these people’s lives.

Pupils are also introduced to other Cornish heroes who have been celebrated for their boldness, bravery, sporting talent, creativity, inventiveness and much more. This workshop is a celebration of Cornish people past and present, and is designed to engage children with historic research and local heroes, as well as encouraging them to feel proud of being from Cornwall, and that they could be a Cornish hero too. The workshop is available as part of a visit to Kresen Kernow.

You can discover more about John Couch Adams, one of Cornwall’s heroes, in our online exhibition.

Visits to Kresen Kernow

We offer free, facilitated school visits to Kresen Kernow. We are able to accommodate one class at a time in our dedicated learning rooms, and visits can last up to 3 hours. A visit will typically entail a tour of the building, including our secure strongrooms, home to 14 miles of shelving and 850 years of history, as well as a workshop on your chosen theme using original Cornish documents from our collections.

Please note: we adhere to Ofsted and Department for Education guidelines for staff-pupil ratios. For more information, please read A teacher’s guide to visiting Kresen Kernow (2021).

Did you know that Cornwall Heritage Trust offers grants to cover travel to heritage sites across Cornwall, including Kresen Kernow? You can find out more here.

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