Civil war in Cornwall

Key information: free, on-site visit, loans box

Kresen Kernow is home to thousands of documents connected to the civil war in Cornwall.

Loans box

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. The loans pack is free to borrow, but needs to be collected from and returned to Kresen Kernow. If you’re interested in borrowing the pack, or have any questions, 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. 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).

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