Kresen Kernow secures £11.7m investment thanks to National Lottery

It has taken more than 10 years in the planning, but now Kresen Kernow is set to become a reality with the award of £11.7m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

artist impression of the new archive centre in Redruth

artist impresion of the new archive centre in Redruth

Kresen Kernow is a new archive centre on the site of the former Redruth Brewery. This new archive centre which would host the world’s largest collection of manuscripts, books, maps and photographs related to Cornwall.

At the heart of the project will be the extensively refurbished historic brew house with a new environmentally sustainable extension for archive storage and care. The design takes advantage of the unique heritage features of the brewery buildings and carefully integrates contemporary archive and learning facilities.  Work will begin on construction in 2016 with the centre due to open in 2018.

This is great news, as residents and visitors to Cornwall will be able to explore the rich culture and history of Cornwall in this new purpose-built archive.

Well done to all who made this happen. You can read more about this project HERE