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