Kresen Kernow - Cornwall's new archive centre

We were delighted when Kresen Kernow, Cornwall’s new archive centre, secured £11.7m funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2015, and we are now busy delivering this brilliant project. Kresen Kernow will be an exemplary modern archive and library space, bringing together the world’s largest collection of manuscripts, books and documents related to Cornwall, as well as Cornwall Record Office, the Cornish Studies Library and the Cornwall and Scilly Historic Environment Record, for the first time.

Please note, Cornwall Record Office and the Cornish Studies Library are now permanently closed so our staff can prepare our collections for the move to Kresen Kernow. 

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Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cornwall Council, Kresen Kernow will provide a bespoke building, excellent digital facilities, dynamic volunteering opportunities and a diverse range of events, exhibitions and activities, which will improve access and attract wider audiences to celebrate and share in Cornwall’s rich and distinct history.

Kresen Kernow will also safeguard the historic Redruth Brewery building at the heart of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site in Redruth. 

We occasionally offer tours of the site to demonstrate the progress that has been made, and to discuss more of our future plans. To see any forthcoming events please visit our What's On page.

You can find out more about the project by watching this video.

Midas Construction started work on site in November 2016. Cornwall Record Office and the Cornish Studies Library closed permanently in September 2018 in order for us to prepare for the move. Kresen Kernow is due to open to the public in 2019. 

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