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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.

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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. 

We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has just awarded us an £11.7 million grant to build Kresen Kernow, Cornwall's exemplary new archive centre.  The centre will bring together Cornwall Record Office, the Cornish Studies Library and the world's largest collection of documents and manuscripts related to Cornwall, under one roof. 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 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'. You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram (@kresenkernow).