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

Historic England awards Wheal Martyn Clay Works Covid-19 emergency funding

Historic England, which is responsible for protecting and championing the nation’s historic environment, has helped to secure the future of our unique museum and scheduled monument with an emergency grant of £21,103. Read more

Our Proud Roots project gains funding

We are proudly celebrating our local landscape, environment and people through ‘Our Proud Roots’, a new project funded by Feast and Cornwall Community Foundation. Read more

Celebrate Clay Country: Landscapes in Lockdown

A new summer exhibition, #CelebrateClayCountry, will be launched at Wheal Martyn Clay Works this August, celebrating the unique and interesting industrial landscapes of mid Cornwall. Read more

Welcoming our community and visitors back

Since reopening on the 5 July, we have enjoyed welcoming back lots of familiar faces as well as some new visitors. Read more

Wheal Martyn receives £49,800 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund

We have received £49,800 in National Lottery support to help address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on heritage. Read more

Wheal Martyn Clay Works reopens - a safe cultural retreat

Wheal Martyn is now open to visitors, in line with recent government announcements on the easing of coronavirus restrictions. Read more

Young Science Ambassadors

We will be joining the national buzz to celebrate British Science Week with a family event exploring ‘The Science of the Pasty’. Read more

Kurt Jackson’s 'Clay Country': A new exhibition at Wheal Martyn

We are delighted to present an exhibition of new work by contemporary artist Kurt Jackson, influenced by his artist residency at a working china clay works in Cornwall. Read more