Local history

Key information: free, on-site visit

Kresen Kernow is home to around 1.5 million documents, books, maps and photographs covering 850 years of Cornish history, which means we are a great resource for supporting your teaching of local history.


The Kresen Kernow team are really keen to support the teaching of local history, and giving a local focus to themes of national importance. We are able to provide copies of documents for educational use and may also be able to recommend useful sources. To gain an idea of what we have on a topic, you are welcome to search our catalogues (in the large search bar above), and you are also able to browse our images and view our online exhibitions. For more information, or to discuss any requirements, please contact our Learning Lead at kresenkernow@cornwall.gov.uk.

Visits to Kresen Kernow

Free facilitated visits to Kresen Kernow are also 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, where we store Cornwall’s archives on 14 miles of shelving, 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, as we will usually need to prepare bespoke visits from scratch, we do ask for at least two months’ notice.

It may also be possible to bring smaller groups of students for more in-depth research visits on a specific topic or theme. If you are interested in a visit like this, please do contact our Learning Lead at kresenkernow@cornwall.gov.uk.

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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