New home for Cornish heritage passes significant milestone
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
The dream of creating a home for the world's largest collection of Cornwall's written heritage has moved one step closer to becoming a reality.
Kresen Kernow is being built on the site of the former Redruth Brewery, about an hour away from our hotel in Fowey.
The site has now passed an important stage, by becoming secure from the danger of flooding after a work scheme costing over £5 million has been completed.
The work cleared capped mine shafts, unstable structures and created a flood alleviation scheme, helping to secure a safer sight for Kresen Kernow.
Kresen Kernow will be a modern archive which will bring together the world's largest collection of books, documents and manuscripts relating to Cornwall. It will also house the Cornwall Record Office, the Cornish Studies Library and the Cornwall and Scilly Historic Environment Record.
The unique heritage of Cornwall is something that many locals are proud of, and the idea to make a place where the records of its heritage can be stored for generations to come is extremely exciting for the whole of the region.
Building work is hoped to be completed by 2018, and is expected to attract visitors from as far afield as Australia and South Africa. They will be keeping the essence of the brewery intact as well, with artefacts from the brewery's heyday being protected and preserved.