Crime and punishment

Key information: free, loans resource or on-site visit

Our collections are full of fascinating documents connected to crime and punishment. We offer a loans resource on this theme, and can also deliver themed visits to Kresen Kernow.

Loans resource

Using a range of original document facsimiles, students explore the 19th century Cornish 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. 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 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).

Enquire about booking a workshop or visit here

Our short film about the fascinating Bodmin Gaol registers might also be useful. Please note, this film was part of a Facebook Live series so we apologise for the quality.

Our Crime and Punishment collections guide might also be useful.