Truro & Penwith College

History Heritage & Culture  and  Archaeology

Truro College open day goes virtual!

The Truro College Open Day went on-line this month for the first time ever and was a great success!  Students were virtually able to tour the 3D campus as well as chat online to teaching staff to discuss study options.  The teaching team of the Foundation Degree in History, Heritage and Culture embraced this new approach as their modules investigate digital literacy in the context of the heritage sector, as well as customer engagement and curatorship, focusing on skills necessary for employment within the industry today.

As well as two live talks introducing the course given by Programme Lead Marilla Walker, students were invited to put forward questions and were able to book follow up one to ones to find out more about this exciting degree.  The course offers the unique opportunity to study History combined with Heritage and Culture, whether as a broad foundation for further specialism, or as a qualification in its own right.

The recent on-line event therefore gave potential university students in the region the opportunity to find about life as a student at one of the best colleges in the country. Truro College's blend of modern, spacious facilities combined with a community atmosphere and historic landscape creates the perfect environment for study. In addition, the rich historical resources in Cornwall, combined with the region’s growing cultural heritage, offer the perfect opportunity to combine academic study while developing key employability skills.

With over 83% satisfaction with Truro College’s teaching, learning opportunities, assessments and feedback, the college’s university students say they enjoy the smaller class sizes, more personal support and the ability to fit life around their lectures through a condensed timetable. The college’s fantastic university study opportunities were awarded the highest possible rating of Gold for teaching and learning by the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework.

Further live events are planned throughout the year but if you missed Saturday’s Open Day there are also subject spotlights on both the History, Heritage and Culture course and the FdSc and BSc Archaeology degrees on the college’s website to get an overview of what you can study here in Truro in partnership with the University of Plymouth to help you plan for a fresh start in September 2021.


  • What is History?
  • The English Crown and its Celtic Neighbours, 871 – 1327
  • An Introduction to the Development of Heritage in Britain
  • The Making of Britain, 1348 – 1707
  • Heritage, Engagement and Cultural Tourism
  • Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise in Cultural Heritage Today
  • Industry and Society in Britain, 1750 – 1900
  • Management of Cultural Tourism and the Heritage Industry Today
  • Collections and Curatorship: Material Culture and the Heritage Sector

Final Major Project

  • Conflict and Resolution: A History of International Relations in the Wake of War
  • Issues and Ethics in the Public Presentation of the Past; Heritage in the Post-Modern

Voice newspapers - Bodmin, Newquay, St Austell and Truro 18th November 2020

Check out the interactive Fal Building by clicking the image. Have a look at where the History Heritage & Culture and Archaeology courses operate from. 

More links to information about these courses

Archaeology Foundation and BSc Degree course

History Heritage & Culture Foundation Degree course

Fal Building Truro College

History, Heritage & Culture - The rich historical resources in Cornwall combined with the regions growing cultural heritage sector offer the perfect opportunity to combine academic study while developing key employability skills. Discover how History is used by contemporary society in local, national and international contexts and analyse historical developments, considering the relationship between the past, present and future. Explore new developments to conserve and innovative ways to sustain cultural distinctiveness in the 21st Century. You will investigate digital literacy, customer engagement and curatorship skills necessary for employment within the Heritage industry today.

Click link for Truro College Archaeology & History Heritage & Culture Exhibitions

Truro College - Archaeology & HHC [3]
Truro College - Archaeology & HHC

Archaeology - Strong on fieldwork, the use of digital techniques, museum work, laboratory analysis and artefact care, you have many opportunities to undertake surveys and discover the practical essentials of professional archaeology. Establishing a good grounding in world scientific and environmental archaeology, you will explore the subject with a range of both theoretical and practical skills. Working in the laboratory, you will get some hands-on experience with pollen analysis to explore key developments and diversity. Further practical work will include designing and organising a public exhibition producing informative posters, delivering and preparing conference papers for publication and writing a dissertation.

Click link for Truro College Archaeology & History Heritage & Culture Exhibitions

Truro College - Archaeology & HHC [2]
Truro College - Archaeology & HHC [1]

Association for Cornish Heritage and through its partnership in Newquay Museum has worked with the lecturers and students on these courses for a number of years. ACH has facilitated exhibition space and assisted students on a number of projects as part of their FdA and BSc courses. We have recently been able to start adding these exhibitions to our website. This gives the work of students on these courses some longevity as well as enabling a wider number of people to view and learn something from the work these students have created.

It's been a pleasure to work with students such as Hugh [Right] who have successfully gone on to work within archaeology and the wider heritage sector.

Truro College - Archaeology & HHC [Caradoc Peters]
Truro College - Archaeology & HHC [High Exley]