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Kresen Kernow temporary closure

With regret, we are temporarily closing Kresen Kernow, Cornwall’s archive centre and the home of Cornwall Council’s Archives and Cornish Studies Service, due to the ongoing situation with the Covid-19 virus.

The health of our visitors, volunteers and staff is of the highest importance to us so, in line with current advice, we will be closed for public visits from Friday 20 March until further notice.

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Where possible our staff will continue to work on-site to care for our archive collections and carry out our enquiry, document copy and research services.

We will also still be providing access for key public services such as the coroners and police.

Although we have suspended our public activity programme for the immediate future, we are looking forward to welcoming schools and groups back later in the year, and continuing to deliver our successful range of exhibitions and events.

We have also temporarily suspended our on-site volunteer and work experience programme, and will restart both of these as soon as we are able.

Our catalogue, information about our collections, and online exhibitions are still available to everyone on our website at

We will also be using our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @kresenkernow) to continue to share inspiring and engaging content from 850 years of Cornwall’s archive history.

We will contact anyone who has pre-ordered documents for a research visit in the upcoming months.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding at this difficult time and please do keep an eye on our website and social media for updates and information.


Published on March 20, 2020