Records, Archives and Cornish Studies

Please note, Cornwall Record Office and the Cornish Studies Library are now both permanently closed to the public. This is to enable staff to prepare the collections ready for the move to Kresen Kernow in 2019. Further information is available on our Kresen Kernow project page or please contact us if you have any enquiries. 

Cornwall Council’s Archives and Cornish Studies Service is made up of Cornwall Record Office and the Cornish Studies Library (now both permanently closed). In 2019 the Service will move to Kresen Kernow, a new purpose-built home in Redruth.

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The Service is home to hundreds of thousands of manuscripts, maps, photographs and books related to Cornwall's history. 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. 

You can search our online catalogues to see what we hold, and we are still running an enquiries and copies service while we are closed.

We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded us an £11.7m grant to build Kresen Kernow, Cornwall's new archive centre.  The centre will bring together Cornwall Record Office, the Cornish Studies Library, the Cornwall and Scilly Historic Environment Record, 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.

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