Group Visits

Visits to Cornwall Record Office

A visit to Cornwall Record Office lets you look behind the scenes at Cornwall's world renowned archives.

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We hold a range of documents dating from the 12th to the 21st century. These include thousands of:

  • maps
  • plans
  • photographs and
  • documents

We also have volumes containing information on:

  • local families and their estates
  • businesses
  • industry
  • churches
  • schools and
  • villages

Visits last for up to 2 hours. These can be arranged for groups of 10 - 25 people. They can take place on Mondays from:

  • 10am until 2pm or
  • 2pm until 4pm

We can also arrange them on weekday evenings from 6pm to 8pm.

A group visit can include:

  • An introduction to the work of the Record Office and the wider service
  • A tour of our strong rooms
  • The opportunity to view and handle treasures from our unique collections
  • Advice on how to find and use archival sources
  • An update on the Kresen Kernow project 

Please note, there is a charge for most group visits.

We also offer visits for groups of young people out of school. These may include:

  • Brownies
  • Guides
  • Cubs or
  • Scouts

These visits tend to be less formal but follow a similar pattern. Participants can explore our strongrooms. They can also view a range of documents and take part in our 'Map Explorer Challenge'. 

For more information, or to book a visit, please contact the Learning Officer at Cornwall Record Office:

Group visits to the Cornish Studies Library give you the opportunity to explore even more of Cornwall's renowned archives. These include:

  • our newspaper collection (available on microfiche)
  • thousands of photographs and postcards
  • maps and
  • an extensive collection of published volumes and journals

You can also explore where they are stored and learn more about how to access them.

Visits last for up to 2 hours. They can take place 'out of hours'. For example on Wednesdays or in the evening. It may also be possible to arrange a visit at another time, subject to availability. 

A group visit can include:

  • An introduction to the work of the Cornish Studies Library and the wider service
  • A tour of our document store rooms. These include the rare books room
  • The opportunity to view and handle a range of items from our collections
  • Advice on how to find and use archive and library sources.
  • An update on the Kresen Kernow project 

Please note, there is a charge for most group visits. 

We also offer visits for groups of young people out of school: These groups include:

  • Brownies
  • Guides
  • Cubs or
  • Scouts.

These visits tend to be less formal but follow a similar pattern. Participants can explore our secure stores. They can also examine treasures of interest from our collections.

For more information, or to book a group visit to the Cornish Studies Library, please contact the Principal Librarian: