Cornwall Record Office Collections

Cornwall Record Office’s collections are not currently publicly accessible as the Office is permanently closed while staff prepare for the move to Kresen Kernow, Cornwall's new archive centre. We are still operating an enquiries and copies service, subject to availability. You can also still search our catalogues to see what we hold. Kresen Kernow is due to open in summer 2019. 

Cornwall Record Office is home to 850 years of Cornwall’s history with records connecting to almost every topic imaginable. Our hard rock mining collections are designated as internationally important, and we also hold records covering other industries, such as farming, fishing, china clay and more. We look after records related to crime and punishment, poverty and health, schools, religion, transport, Cornish language and culture, leisure, stately homes and gardens, local businesses, significant people (such as Cornish mathematician John Couch Adams) and events that have affected Cornwall or occurred here (such as the Civil War, or the Levant mine disaster). We hold thousands of maps and photographs providing a visual reference to how Cornwall has changed over time. We also hold records that might be useful if you are researching your family history or property history.

You can access copies of some of our records through service points across Cornwall. 

If you have records you would like us to look after, please visit our Donating Records page.

If you have any queries about what we hold, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the details on this page.