New partnership and writer-in-residence opportunity

As part of an exciting new partnership with Literature Works, we'll be hosting a writer-in-residence at Wheal Martyn in February 2022 to celebrate the ‘Writers of the Clay’. Read more

Photography and poetry to inspire this autumn

Two new exhibitions of local photography and poetry take centre stage at Wheal Martyn this autumn. Read more

Celebrate local history and culture at free festival

Wheal Martyn Clay Works - the UK’s only china clay mining museum - will be opening its doors for free on Saturday 18th September as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days. Read more

Family friendly exhibition uncovers life's secret ingredient

You may not have heard of kaolin - but you will almost have certainly interacted with it at some point today. Read more

Last chance to see Kurt Jackson exhibition at Wheal Martyn

There are just a few days left for visitors to see an exciting exhibition by contemporary artist Kurt Jackson at Wheal Martyn. Read more

Heritage Open Days Festival

Join us on Saturday 18 September for our Heritage Open Days Festival! Read more

HRH The Princess Royal opens new facilities at Wheal Martyn

On Friday 30 July, HRH The Princess Royal visited Wheal Martyn Clay Works to celebrate and officially open the museum’s new facilities, as part of a visit to Clay Country which marked 275 years since the discovery of china clay in Cornwall. Read more

Opening our spaces with VR

We are currently co-creating an exciting new project, ‘opening our spaces with VR’, in partnership with the University of Plymouth. Read more

New Wave Project with Heritage Open Days

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

Wheal Martyn welcomes Kurt Jackson exhibition

On Monday 17 May, we unveiled a new exhibition by contemporary artist Kurt Jackson, inspired by his time at Littlejohns Clay Works in Cornwall. Read more

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

We are among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. 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

Bats find a home at Wheal Martyn

During 2019, we installed a 'hot box' (summer roost) for bats within the building adjacent to the Mica Dry, in advance of its restoration and conversion into a new exhibition gallery as part of the Clay Works project. Read more

Welcome to our new Citizen Curators

Welcome to our 2021 cohort of Citizen Curators at Wheal Martyn! Andy, Penny, Eilish, Richard, Pippa and Joana have joined us on a digital programme (in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines), and will be researching the people of the industry. Read more

Project milestone achieved

We are delighted to announce that we have recently achieved practical completion of the Clay Works building works, which have created a wonderful new gallery for changing exhibitions and an activity/learning space at Wheal Martyn. Read more

Discover your local heritage this winter at Wheal Martyn

We are again running our Cornwall Residents Pass offer until 31 March 2021, which enables Cornwall residents to purchase annual admission to the museum and its extensive grounds for a discounted rate of just £7.50 per adult and £5.00 per child. Read more

Winter feels warmer at Wheal Martyn

We are aiming to create warmth and cheer in the community this December; in recognition of the challenges of 2020, the museum team has produced a Winter Warmer Craft Activity Pack for families to enjoy together as Christmas approaches - to lift the spirits, get families outside, and to foster a sense of community togetherness. Read more

Wheal Martyn Clay Works wins award for wellbeing in Cornwall Heritage Awards

We are delighted to have won the ‘Wellbeing’ award for larger museums in the 2020 Cornwall Heritage Awards, hosted virtually by Cornwall Museums Partnership in October. Read more

New Engagement Officer Appointed

We are pleased to announce that Sian Powell has been appointed as Engagement Officer for Wheal Martyn, following her internship as Trainee Curator. Read more

Autumn-inspired half term activities at Wheal Martyn

This October half term (17 October – 1 November), we are running three autumn-inspired, hands-on activities in the woodlands: clay modelling, creative writing and a pumpkin trail. Read more

Be a part of our Fun Palace

We would love any contributions to our Fun Palace, either digitally or in person. Find out more. Read more

Woodland Performance to Celebrate Hidden Nature in Clay Country

We are shining a light on the beauty of china clay country this week, celebrating the national festival ‘Heritage Open Days’ with outdoor mixed art performances of Our Proud Roots on 19th September. Read more

Neil Brownsword exhibit on display at Wheal Martyn

A new ceramic exhibit by Neil Brownsword, ‘Relic’, is now on display at Wheal Martyn Clay Works, as part of the Whitegold Festival projects in St Austell. Read more