Mining

Key information: free, on-site visit or online workshop, 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.

Online resource

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.

Online workshop

In this online workshop a member of our team will provide an introduction to Cornwall’s mining heritage via an online platform. A printable PDF of resources, a worksheet and an answer sheet will be provided so that the workshop can be carried out in the classroom by the class teacher after the introductory presentation.

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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