Local history

Please be aware that some of our services are temporarily suspended. However, if you are interested in making a booking, please do complete the enquiry form below. 

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

We can develop workshops that focus more closely on your local area, subject to availability. Recently we have delivered workshops on the history of Truro, St Erme and the Tamar Valley.

All of our workshops use copies of original archive material (where available), such as photographs, maps, letters, newspapers and much more, offering children a unique experience to act as real historians, or historical detectives. Please note, as these workshops will be tailor-made, we usually require at least two months notice.

These workshops are generally available for Key Stage 2 pupils, but please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are interested in a local history workshop for another age group. We can also provide copies of resources for educational use, and research tips and tricks. If you are searching for photos, you might want to try the Browse images section of this website.

You can read more about all the collections we hold related to local history by visiting our Collections guides page. Our YouTube channel also includes short films about some key archive sources, including lots of local history inspiration.

Outreach workshops

Outreach workshops are available for free at your school. Each workshop lasts around an hour, is suitable for one class of children and is delivered by a member of our learning team. We are able to deliver multiple workshops in one day (a maximum of three), subject to availability. We usually recommend booking at least a month in advance as we do get booked up quickly.

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, followed by 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 our Teacher’s guide to visiting Kresen Kernow.

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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