About us


Wheal Martyn is home to the UK’s only china clay mining museum. The museum tells the story of Cornwall’s largest mining industry, an industry still alive today.  The museum, set in 26 acres of grounds, incorporating a preserved Victorian clay works gives a fascinating insight into this important industry which shaped the lives, landscape and economy of Cornwall’s Clay Country and beyond.

As a Charity, the museum provides opportunities for everyone to learn, be inspired by and interact with our vast collection of artefacts and archives, the built heritage and environment within our unique and special grounds.

Our History



Meet the Team

Wheal Martyn Trust


SW Lakes Trust

World Heritage

About Wheal Martyn

Wheal Martyn is based around two former Victorian china clay works, much of which has been designated by English Heritage as a Scheduled Ancient Monument.  As a fully Accredited Museum, we care for and present a vast collection of industry-related objects, machinery, photographs and archives.

The museum provides unique opportunities for visitors to discover how china clay was mined, processed and used. Visitors can learn about the lives of those who lived and worked in the shadow of the ‘Cornish Alps’ and how china clay continues to shape the world today.

Whitegold Project

Wheal Martyn is a partner in the Whitegold project, with Cornwall College, The Eden Project and Plymouth University. The project, generously funded by Arts Council England and St Austell Brewery, with support in kind from White River Place, is an initiative to celebrate what makes St. Austell unique – clay, through ceramics arts. This is part of the wider Clay Town initiative which is set to put St. Austell on the map.  For more information visit the Whitegold website.