Cornwall AONB: A Monumental Improvement - 4,000 Years of Cornish History

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In January 2020, the Cornwall AONB launched the Monumental Improvement project, an initiative to help stabilise 40 Scheduled Monuments across 10 of the 12 AONB sections, which are listed on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk register or classified as vulnerable.

This ambitious project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England, Cornwall Council, the National Trust, and The Cornwall Heritage Trust, aims to tackle the current limited understanding of Scheduled Monuments in Cornwall as sites of national archaeological significance.



The enigmatic King Arthur's Hall on Bodmin Moor



The 40 sites span over 4,000 years of Cornish history, with some Scheduled Monuments predating the pyramids. Iron Age hill forts and Neolithic settlements feature alongside Medieval motte and bailey castles, whilst some sites have iconic associations with the writer Daphne Du Maurier, composer Richard Wagner and the legendary King Arthur, making them unrivalled for their national uniqueness.

During our development phase, there will be a number of ways you can get involved with A Monumental Improvement as a volunteer or attendee at one of our activities:


  • Archaeological Training on survey and conservation techniques
  • Volunteering sessions at sites to improve their condition
  • Guided walks to scheduled monument sites in Cornwall AONB
  • School visits to sites
  • Online events


We want to consult the community to show how you value the activities we are proposing through the lifetime of the project. If you have attended one of our events, please fill out the 'Event and Activity Survey'.

*If you would like to fill out the form by hand, please download the .docx file from the top of this page, and email to monuments@cornwall-aonb.gov.uk

In January 2020, the Cornwall AONB launched the Monumental Improvement project, an initiative to help stabilise 40 Scheduled Monuments across 10 of the 12 AONB sections, which are listed on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk register or classified as vulnerable.

This ambitious project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England, Cornwall Council, the National Trust, and The Cornwall Heritage Trust, aims to tackle the current limited understanding of Scheduled Monuments in Cornwall as sites of national archaeological significance.



The enigmatic King Arthur's Hall on Bodmin Moor



The 40 sites span over 4,000 years of Cornish history, with some Scheduled Monuments predating the pyramids. Iron Age hill forts and Neolithic settlements feature alongside Medieval motte and bailey castles, whilst some sites have iconic associations with the writer Daphne Du Maurier, composer Richard Wagner and the legendary King Arthur, making them unrivalled for their national uniqueness.

During our development phase, there will be a number of ways you can get involved with A Monumental Improvement as a volunteer or attendee at one of our activities:


  • Archaeological Training on survey and conservation techniques
  • Volunteering sessions at sites to improve their condition
  • Guided walks to scheduled monument sites in Cornwall AONB
  • School visits to sites
  • Online events


We want to consult the community to show how you value the activities we are proposing through the lifetime of the project. If you have attended one of our events, please fill out the 'Event and Activity Survey'.

*If you would like to fill out the form by hand, please download the .docx file from the top of this page, and email to monuments@cornwall-aonb.gov.uk

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    • In publications (leaflets and reports etc.) and exhibition materials (displays, posters etc.) produced for and by Cornwall AONB for the general public and its staff
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  • This survey will help inform the creation of an Interpretation Plan for the Monumental Improvement heritage project. 

    Interpretation is essentially anything that helps people to engage with the past and make sense of it. We want to ensure that our Interpretation Plan helps visitors to connect with, and better understand, the Scheduled Monuments of the Cornwall AONB.

    By completing this survey, you can help guide our Interpretation offering, ensuring that it is informative and engaging. Please note that all answers to the survey will be anonymous.

    Thank you for your assistance!

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Page last updated: 21 October 2021, 10:22