at the UK's only china clay mining museum

Why visit

Dig deep and discover the special ingredient in your everyday life that still shapes Cornwall and the world today…china clay! It hides in your toothpaste, your paper, your car tyres and even your cosmetics. It’s a billion pound, global industry. We are telling the story of Cornwall’s secret, and the people who brought it to you, from the heart of Clay Country.




Please consider making a donation to Wheal Martyn. Your donation will go where it is most needed; for example, preserving our collections or the Victorian clay works, providing educational opportunities or developing community activities such as our Memory Cafe.



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Amount raised: £590.50


Step behind the scenes of our china clay museum to join the team before we open to the public!


Author: Annabel Underwood

2024 is a great time to discover Wheal Martyn 


Acres to Explore, Discover and Enjoy!


Years of mining at Wheal Martyn and new facilities and exhibitions launched


Months admission with your ticket

Upcoming events

  • Expressions of Salt and China Clay Traces

    Caroline Winn has been teaching, exhibiting and creating ceramics for 25 years using porcelain, paper clay, stoneware and found materials. Using crystalline salt structures created in her studio, Caroline will draw a parallel between the harvesting of salt and the mining of china clay in this new exhibition. On display until 1 July 2024. Read more

  • Yesterday's Men

    Kevin Brinn and Jamie Wakeham are two members of the popular Padstow quartet The Stowes. Both experienced live musicians in their own right, their duo sets blend Celtic songs, sea shanties and songs of the working classes. Read more

  • Hand Building Pottery Workshop – Coastal themed

    This is a chance to get creative with clay. No experience necessary, just a willingness to try. The workshop will include a gentle introduction into hand building techniques and then time to create your own unique ceramic, using coloured slips to decorate. Read more

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