Victorian schools

Key information: free, on-site visit or online workshop, 1 hour per class, Key Stage 2 

This workshop examines school life and children’s lives in late 19th century Cornwall. Using original and facsimile documents, particularly school log books, relating to Cornwall and your local area (where available), children draw contrasts and examine the similarities and differences between their experiences of going to school and those of children in the past.

If you’re interested in finding out more about our school records, our Schools collection guide is available here. Our YouTube channel also includes short films about some key archive sources, including several related to schooling in the past.

Online workshop

In this online workshop a member of our team will provide an introduction to Victorian schools in Cornwall 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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