Key information: free, outreach or on-site visit, 1 hour per class, Key Stage 2
This workshop focuses on the Levant Mine disaster of 1919 and starts with a presentation exploring a range of documents from our archives to introduce key themes in Cornwall’s mining history, including migration, accidents and child labour. It highlights the international significance of Cornwall’s mining heritage as well as considering its impact. Children then explore copies of a range of original sources related to the Levant Mine disaster, looking at what happened and the impact it had on St Just and individual lives there.
We offer a downloadable resource featuring extracts from the Children’s Commissioner’s report in which children were interviewed about their work in the mines. Interviews with two Cornish children are the inspiration for a range of literacy and history activities in our Children and Mining learning resource. Our YouTube channel also includes short films about some key archive sources, including mine plans and the Wheal Owles mine disaster.
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.