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

As a major part of our plans, we want to consult the community and identify both current and missing users of heritage sites in Cornwall. On this page you will find both an 'Event and Activity Survey' and the 'Monumental Improvement Online Survey'.

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'.

Additionally, to help us gather information and reach wider audiences with A Monumental Improvement, please fill out the 'Monumental Improvement Online Scheduled Monuments 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

**If you have filled out the 'Event and Activity Survey' for Cornwall AONB, please do not answer any repeat questions on the 'Monumental Improvement Online Scheduled Monuments Survey'.



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

As a major part of our plans, we want to consult the community and identify both current and missing users of heritage sites in Cornwall. On this page you will find both an 'Event and Activity Survey' and the 'Monumental Improvement Online Survey'.

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'.

Additionally, to help us gather information and reach wider audiences with A Monumental Improvement, please fill out the 'Monumental Improvement Online Scheduled Monuments 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

**If you have filled out the 'Event and Activity Survey' for Cornwall AONB, please do not answer any repeat questions on the 'Monumental Improvement Online Scheduled Monuments Survey'.