American West

Key information: free, on-site visit, online exhibition

Thousands of Cornish people migrated to America in the 19th century and our collections are representative of this. Our online exhibition has gathered together a range of sources which may be useful for supporting your classroom teaching and giving a local focus to this GCSE topic. A visit to Kresen Kernow can also be arranged on this theme.

Our Cornish overseas collections guide might also be of interest to you.

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. 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). Classes will have dedicated use of our learning room.

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).

Enquire about booking a workshop or visit here

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