From 17 September, our new outdoor exhibition features historic photographs from Wheal Martyn’s archive, combined with poetry written by our Trainee Curator, Alexander Thomas.

The combination of photography and poetry helps evoke a sense of understanding of the Cornish china clay industry – how it was, how it operated, and what has become of it in the centuries since its founding. 

Each image has been carefully selected and placed to give a sense of Wheal Martyn’s past and present. Together with Alexander’s poetry, we want to encourage visitors to write and send in their own poetry around Clay Country.

If you feel inspired to write some poetry yourself then please email us at [email protected] or tag us on social media @whealmartyn.

While you’re here, make sure you also check out Agan Kernow: Make it Better, our new exhibition of local community photography exploring how photography can promote better health and wellbeing.

Free exhibition (normal museum admission applies).