World War II

Key information: free, 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 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.

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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