Curriculum Kernewek

Cornwall Agreed Syllabus 2011

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Books for teachers:

Funding the Ladder, The Passmore Edwards Legacy, Dean Evans, Francis Boutle

101 Cornish Lives, Maurice Smelt, Alison Hodge, 2006

Online: – explains the history and activities of the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society. – explores the life and work of John Passmore Edwards. – explores the lives and work of Emily Hobhouse. – the online version of the book, Memories of Old Friends by Caroline Fox. – outlines the activities of the St Petroc's Society.


The Fox Family founded the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society to promote the ideas and inventions of workers in Cornish industries. The original building is still open to the public, hosting exhibitions and events. To arrange a visit to the site call 01326 319461.

John Passmore Edwards financed the construction of many public buildings in Cornwall in order to support the learning and advancement of working class people. Take your class to see a Passmore Edwards building and find out if and how it is still serving the community today. Sites include:

  • Blackwater Institute
  • Falmouth Free Library
  • Art & Science Schools
  • Cornwall Convalescent Home, Perranporth
  • Truro Free Library and Cornwall Central Technical Schools
  • St Day School and Meeting House
  • Liskeard Free Library
  • St Agnes Miners and Mechanics Institute
  • St Ives Free Library
  • Chacewater Institute
  • Bodmin Free Library and Institute
  • Hayle Institute
  • Redruth Children's Hospital
  • Falmouth Hospital
  • Helston Science and Art Schools
  • Launceston Free Library & Science & Art Schools
  • Newlyn Art Gallery
  • Camborne Free Library
  • Mithian Institute
  • Redruth Free Library
  • Liskeard Cottage Hospital