Salt crystals inspire new ceramic exhibition captured in clay from the Wheal Martyn pit

This fascinating new exhibition of crystalline salt structures will draw a parallel between the harvesting of salt and the mining of china clay. Read more

Wheal Martyn Clay Works awarded Royal Society Places of Science grant

Wheal Martyn Clay Works has been awarded funding by the Royal Society to engage communities with local science stories. Read more

Remarkable ‘riches to rags’ story inspires new exhibition

Discover the fascinating history behind the man that transformed Charlestown, his importance to the china clay industry and the scandal that befell him at a new exhibition at Wheal Martyn Clay Works. Read more

Wheal Martyn volunteer becomes a Cornish bard

Our volunteer, Di, has been recognised for her Cornish language skills by being made a Cornish bard! Read more

A Model Student!

Our welcome desk is looking smart with our latest addition… a new model to explain the journey of clay from pit to pan kiln! Read more

New Museum Consortium to Drive Creativity, Collaboration and Cultural Awareness in Cornwall

A new consortium will bring together the buildings, collections and stories embodied by seven diverse Cornish museums to drive creativity, collaboration and cultural awareness for residents and visitors alike. Funded by Arts Council England, mc7 is an innovative three-year project to develop a dynamic new model of collective working and programming for these museums. Read more

Virtual tour creators shortlisted for award

We are delighted that Ocean 3D Ltd™, who created our interactive 360° tours, have been shortlisted as finalists in this year’s AbilityNet ‘Tech4Good Awards'. Read more

History comes alive through immersive theatre at Wheal Martyn

History will be brought to life in a series of immersive workshops and performances by popular theatre company Live History at Wheal Martyn Clay Works from Tuesday 30 May to Thursday 1 June. Read more

Exploring Wheal Martyn with all the senses

We recently concluded our work with Sensory Trust on the 'More Than Words' project, which aimed to create sensory-rich interpretation across six industrial heritage sites in Cornwall, including Wheal Martyn. Read more

Renowned clay artists celebrate landmark anniversary with new exhibition

Celebrating 25 years of achievements in art, a new exhibition, ‘CLAYWORKS’, marks this milestone for Jenny Beavan and Stuart Thorn at Wheal Martyn Clay Works. Read more

From pit to port: all aboard for a china clay experience with a difference!

Experience Cornwall’s china clay heritage from a completely different perspective this Easter. Read more

Shining a light on Cornwall’s everyday life

An intriguing exhibition is currently on display at Wheal Martyn Clay Works - ‘The Beautifully Mundane’ - which depicts the beauty of everyday life in Cornwall. Read more

Framed Future Exhibition A Success

What will the future hold for our natural spaces if climate change continues unchecked? A team of four young people from our Home Education Group recently produced an exhibition of their work to challenge our ideas on these questions. Read more

Fun for all the family at Wheal Martyn this February half term

A new activity programme begins at Wheal Martyn this February half term, including a variety of creative, drop-in, nature-based activities. Families can explore the museum’s current exhibition, extensive woodlands and cosy café. Read more

Wheal Martyn joins The Wild Escape, the largest ever collaboration between UK museums

Local schools join Wheal Martyn Clay Works on their quest to find a bright future. Read more

Wheal Martyn Secures Grant for The Wild Escape Project

Wheal Martyn’s Education Officer, Gemma Martin, has secured a grant for £3000 for The Wild Escape project, which is made possible by lead support from Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants, with additional support from Art Fund. Read more

Artists inspired by the china clay landscape in Cornwall

Artists in Cornwall have come together to create work for a new exhibition, ‘Rooted’, now on display at Wheal Martyn Clay Works. Read more

The Spectacle of Cornish Mining Heritage Brought to Life

On Thursday 20th October the living legacy of metal and china clay mining in the Luxulyan and Charlestown area of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site was celebrated as the outcomes of a multi-year interpretation project were highlighted at a launch at Wheal Martyn Clay Works. Read more

Step back in time and explore Luxulyan Valley’s glorious industrial past

Residents and visitors are being encouraged to step back in time and celebrate the heritage of one of Cornwall’s mining heartlands. Read more

Unique archive of china clay history preserved for the future

The nationally important archive of Cornwall’s china clay history has been further preserved for future generations at Wheal Martyn. Read more

Wheal Martyn wins £1,000 Movement for Good Award

Wheal Martyn has won a £1,000 Movement for Good Award from Benefact Group thanks to nominations from the public. Read more

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