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Records, Archives and Cornish Studies

Cornwall Council’s Archives and Cornish Studies Service is made up of Cornwall Record Office (in Truro) and the Cornish Studies Library (in Redruth).

Together, they are home to hundreds of thousands of manuscripts, maps, photographs and books related to Cornwall's history.


For detailed information about each location, including opening hours, please see Visit the Cornish Studies Library or Visit Cornwall Record Office.

You can search our online catalogues to see what is available before you visit. 

In 2013 we were delighted to receive a stage one pass for our application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a new purpose-built archive centre, which will be built on the former brewery site in Redruth.  This unlocked over £300,000 for us to carry out development work on the project and the site, which is currently ongoing.  Successful completion of this work will release the remainder of our £9.8m grant.  Further information about the project can be found on the Kresen Kernow - Cornwall's new archive centre page.

The service is dedicated to celebrating and promoting this written and printed heritage and ensuring that it is well preserved and available so that individuals and communities, now and in the future, have access to these fantastic collections. 

To keep up-to-date with our latest news, events and activities you can now find us on Facebook! Use the following link to the Archives and Cornish Studies Service Facebook page or search for 'Archives and Cornish Studies Service' and click 'Like'.