DISCOVER CORNWALL'S SECRET
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.

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Donate

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, conserving the natural environment or developing our community and education work.

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Amount raised: £80.50

Art on the menu

Visit our fascinating new exhibition that tells the story of the shifting market for ceramics in 1930s Britain. On display from 8 July to 1 September.

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Author: Becky Moran

2022 is a great time to discover Wheal Martyn 

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Acres to Explore, Discover and Enjoy!

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

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Months admission with your ticket

Art on the menu

Visit our fascinating new exhibition that tells the story of the shifting market for ceramics in 1930s Britain. On display from 8 July to 1 September.

Published:

Author: Becky Moran

Upcoming events

  • Arts Award Bronze and Silver

    This summer we are offering an Arts Award Programme for young people to complete either their Bronze or Silver Arts Award with Wheal Martyn. Read more

  • Art on the menu exhibition

    Visit our fascinating new exhibition that tells the story of the shifting market for ceramics in 1930s Britain. On display from 8 July to 2 September. Read more

  • Shanty Sing-a-long

    Join local shanty group Stuns’ls and Bristol’s Severn Whalers on the cafe terrace for an evening of pasties, cream teas and sea shanties! Read more

Latest news

  • An exhibition to whet the appetite

    A fascinating exhibition telling the story of the shifting market for ceramics in 1930s Britain is coming to Wheal Martyn this summer. Read more

  • New virtual tour and drone footage now online

    We've released a virtual tour and new drone footage enabling more people to explore our beautiful historic site, museum galleries and collection. Read more

  • Historic clay wagons preserved

    We've successfully completed a project to restore two unique historic artefacts, thanks to funding from the Association of Independent Museums and the determination and hard work of a small group of volunteers. Read more