Medieval power and kingship

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

Kresen Kernow is home to thousands of ancient documents dating back to around 1150. Many of these are from British monarchs and some also include elaborate seals and portraits.

Loans box

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. 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.