Crime and Punishment

Key information: free, on-site visit, 1.5 hours per class, Key Stage 2 

In this workshop children are true historical detectives and take part in a mock trial, before examining a range of original documents, including the enormous registers for Bodmin Gaol, to find out about the notorious murder committed by the Lightfoot brothers in Cornwall in 1840. They will also look at a list of executions that took place in Cornwall, and consider the changes in crime and punishment over time.

Online resource

We also offer a downloadable resource focusing on Children Criminals which features information about eight children who spent time in Bodmin Gaol in the mid-1850s. Our YouTube channel also includes short films about some key archive sources.

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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