Prehistoric Cornwall

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

This workshop is a whistle-stop trip through Cornish prehistory, and the work of archaeologists who have been exploring and recording it for centuries. Children will understand the chronology of the period and take part in a range of activities exploring how we know about prehistory in Cornwall, and what we can do to preserve it today. Sources used include photos, maps, handling objects and even a model skeleton!

Online workshop

An introduction to Prehistoric Cornwall, using historic artefacts, can be given as a live online presentation in your classroom.

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).

We can also offer advice on prehistoric Cornish sites to take children to visit. We recommend visiting the Cornwall Heritage Trust website, where resources can be found. 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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