World War II

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

In this workshop children examine a range of sources about a dreadful air raid that hit Penryn in 1941, exploring the damage it caused and the impact it had on one real local family. The opening presentation and question and answer session will encourage children to make connections between local and international events. They will then look at copies of original archive material and will be encouraged to extract information – introducing them to authentic historical research.

Online resources

We offer a downloadable learning resource inspired by Memories about Evacuees. Additional schools’ learning resources – including oral histories, document copies, videos, animations and film clips – looking at evacuation to Cornwall in World War II are available from the A Safe Place To Go website.

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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