Prehistoric Cornwall

Key information: free, outreach or on-site visit, 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!

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 up to 60 pupils 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.

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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. The Trust also offers a grant scheme for schools to pay for travel to historic sites.