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.



Kurt Jackson: Clay Country

At Wheal Martyn from 17 May - 5 September


Author: Annabel Underwood

Activities at Home

We have a range of activities which are perfect for families and school children to take part in at home.


Author: Colin Vallance

2021 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

  • Spring Flower Trail

    Find all the spring flowers around Wheal Martyn to uncover fun facts! Read more

  • Kurt Jackson’s ‘Clay Country’ Exhibition

    A new exhibition by contemporary artist Kurt Jackson. Read more

  • Memory Cafe Digital Open Day

    A digital open day to re-launch our Memory Cafe, for new and old members. Read more

Latest news

  • Wheal Martyn to receive £47,996 from the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

    Wheal Martyn Trust is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. The award will help us to address the financial challenges arising from this latest lockdown and ensure we are ready to welcome our communities and visitors safely back, as well as plan exciting new opportunities and experiences for people to get involved with as we emerge from lockdown and beyond. Read more

  • Funds secured to support our archive

    We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from HM Treasury through The National Archives Covid-19 Archive Fund, receiving £50,000 towards progressing essential, immediate work required to safeguard our significant archive of Cornwall’s china clay industry. Read more

  • Exciting new project for Wheal Martyn

    We have successfully joined this year’s New Wave Project with Heritage Open Days - one of just 10 organisations chosen from a cohort of over 80 applicants nationally! Read more