Kresen Kernow

Kresen Kernow

Little Vauxhall, Tolgus Hill, Redruth, TR15 1AS
Tel: (01209) 614430


Records of everything Cornwall

Kresen Kernow (Cornish for Cornwall Centre) in Redruth, is Cornwall's new archive centre, home to the world's biggest collection of archive and library material related to Cornwall. Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Cornwall Council, it brings together the collections which were previously held at Cornwall Record Office, the Cornish Studies Library.

Kresen Kernow was the name of the building in Alma Place in which the Cornish Studies Library was formerly held. The new archive centre, which has been constructed on the former Redruth Brewery site in Tolgus Hill, Redruth, has the same name. Kresen Kernow has more than fourteen miles of shelving in total which will house around 1.5 million items, including over 100,000 books, 40,000 maps and 220,000 photographs and postcards.

An £11.7m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to build Kresen Kernow was won on 27th August 2015. Work started on the new Kresen Kernow records office in November 2016. The site opened in September 2019.

Visitors can carry out research, pop in and browse, or take part in our varied activity programme featuring workshops, courses and fun family events.


From the A3047 down Tolgus Hill past Tesco.

Opening Times

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
09.00am - 4.30pm

Admission Free

Royal Cornwall Museum       Redruth       The Royal Institution of Cornwall

Cornwall Record Office       Cornwall's History