Truro & Penwith College, Cornwall

Archaeology BSc degree course  and  History Heritage & Culture FdA degree course


Below are the links to various exhibitions by the Archaeology BSc Degree Course and the History Heritage & Culture Foundation Degree Course at the Truro College campus. Many of these have been shown at Newquay Heritage Archive & Museum

This is part of a programme to share the work of students to a far wider audience than would be able to view them in a Cornish museum. Cornwall is fortunate to have these courses available helping share Cornwall's historic, cultural and environmental heritage to younger people who wish to study and live in Cornwall.

If you would like to find out more about these courses please click the links below.

CLICK TO ENLARGE - History Heritage & Culture Degree Course Poster

In 2016 we had the pleasure of working with a group of young people on the History Heritage and Archaeology Foundation Degree course at Truro and Penwith College. It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm that these students had for their subject and that they engaged so much with the Cornwall.

The exhibition which was displayed at the Newquay Heritage Archive & Museum was well received and would be followed up in 2017 with another exhibition entitled Dirty Rotten Boroughs. The students did a wonderful job and managed to turn what might be a dry subject into one that created a lot of interest. Len has developed this into a visual presentation and includes the work of the students within the talk, which has proved very popular.


The following interview took place in 2016 on the Debbie McCrory Radio Cornwall show, where John Ant and Tom talk about their group’s exhibition The English Crown and its Celtic neighbours as well as their enjoyment of studying and enjoying student life in Cornwall.

Dirty Rotten Boroughs

This exhibition delves into Political Corruption in Cornwall before 1832 and the Great Reform Act of that year. The second year degree students' research investigated a variety of Cornish towns to see just how much Cornwall's constituencies changed in the 1832 election.

Cornwall Advertiser - Dirty Rotten Boroughs

HHA - GRA 1832 Click to Enter

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Originally planned for the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum before coming to us, but now online due to COVID-19 crisis.

The Mayflower Voyage Exhibition investigates the provisioning of the The Mayflower on the occasion of the 400-year anniversary of its most famous voyage from Plymouth to Plymouth Rock.

Though the Mayflower has long since been retired, its story lives on in a wonderfully presented exhibition created by the third-year students of Truro Colleges BSc (Hons) Archaeology degree course and hosted by the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno.

This family inclusive event went live at 24/04/2020 on our Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages and brings the exhibition to the comfort of your own home.​

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Sensory Experience in Cornish Mining

An exhibition created by the Truro College BSc Archaeology Degree course in 2014 and shown at Newquay Heritage Archive & Museum during 2015. This exhibition was well received especially by visitors from South Wales and Northern England, many of them former miners in the coal industry.

Truro College Archaeology - Mining Exhibition [1]

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Beyond the Poldark Portal - Exploring Mining in Cornwall During the 1800's

The Beyond the Poldark Portal exhibition project also includes some items and artefacts to view. It was set up as part of the Newquay Old Cornwall Society museum at Dairyland Farm World working alongside existing range of Cornish displays and exhibitions there.

As the museum was not open during 2020 due to COVID-19 it has been included here although and will also continue be available when the museum reopens.

eyond the Poldark Portal - Exploring Mining in Cornwall During the 1800's [1]

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John Harris (1820-1884) Cornish Miner, Poet, Preacher

An exhibition created by the History Heritage & Archaeology Fdn degree course in 2020. This exhibition includes some of the research and studies by the students on this course covering the life of John Harris. It looks at the environment he worked and lived in and the influence of that on his life and poetry.

As the exhibition launch at Newquay Heritage Archive & Museum coincided with the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown we are sharing this online as part of the ongoing programme of showing exhibitions by students on the Archaeology BSc degree course and the new History, Heritage & Culture Fdn course at Truro College.

HHC - Truro College Exhibition John Harris Cornish Poet

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