Secondary schools

Kresen Kernow is open for school visits, and we also offer a range of loans packs and participate in the schools’ work experience programme. If you have any questions or comments please contact our Learning Lead or email them at

Visits to Kresen Kernow

Free facilitated visits to Kresen Kernow are available. We can accommodate one class at a time and visits usually last up to 2 hours. Classes will have dedicated use of our brand new learning room and can participate in a range of events and activities depending on the focus of your study.

A group visit will typically entail a tour of the building, including our secure strongrooms, home to 14 miles of shelving and 850 years of history, and a research activity using original Cornish documents held in the archives on a theme related to your area of study (subject to availability).

Please note that, at present, we don’t offer any specific secondary school workshops so we may need several months’ notice in order to prepare for your visit.Our primary schools pages will give you an idea of the themes we can cover, many of which can be adapted for an older audience. Participants will have hands-on access to real history, and develop an understanding of how we know what happened in the past.

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.

Enquire about booking a workshop or visit here

For general visitor information, please see our Visit us page.

Our YouTube channel may also be useful for resources and inspiration.

Loans packs

We offer a selection of borrowable loans packs for secondary schools. All have a link to Cornwall and use copies of original archive material. They are borrowable for one half term, but must be pre-booked, and collected from and returned to Kresen Kernow. We are happy to offer training or a quick run through of the loans packs to any interested teachers. Loans packs are available on the following themes:

What is History?

Designed for students beginning Key Stage 3 History, this loans box contains high quality copies of original documents. By asking students to look at a range of documents and put them in chronological order, it’s an informative and enjoyable introduction to using real primary sources, as well as giving students an insight into the wide range of sources used by historians that may be held at a local archive.

Crime and Punishment

Using a range of original document facsimiles, students explore the 19th century case of the Lightfoot Brothers’ murder of Mr Neville Norway, and consider whether the treatment of the brothers was fair. They can also use a ‘List of Executions’ to examine how crime and punishment in Cornwall has changed over time.

Civil War in Cornwall

This loans box adds a local focus to teaching about the civil war. It explores the causes and consequences of this vicious war in a Cornish context using high quality document facsimiles. An accompanying board game can also be borrowed.

Medieval Kingship

This loans box uses copies of documents held at Kresen Kernow, along with replica Great Seals to facilitate students’ investigations into the qualities of a medieval monarch, ways in which monarchs have been represented and interpreted, and methods used to establish loyalty and control in Cornwall in the middle ages.

If you would like to borrow a loans pack please contact our Learning Lead or email them at