July and August were two hugely busy and successful months for Wheal Martyn. The new and improved summer activities programme ran alongside a variety of other events inspired by the summer Clay Stories theme of the Kettle Boy.
Families had the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the history of the Kettle Boy by completing the popular Kettle Kids trail; finding clues and snippets of information stationed all around Wheal Martyn, children enjoyed relating to the stories of children their own age, who used to work in Cornwall’s china clay industry 70 years ago. A particular highlight was the story of Wheal Martyn’s Kettle Boy Arthur, who joined the clay industry when he was just 14 years old. Now 84, Arthur volunteers at Wheal Martyn, and has been a real asset to the museum this summer.
The summer activities programme received fantastic feedback. Involving a diverse range of interactive workshops and drop-in sessions, the activities were a superb way of creatively engaging children and families with the local heritage. The clay modelling and pottery painting sessions proved to be popular, as did the paper craft workshop with Ruth Hills and pottery workshop with ceramic artist Jenny Beavan.
As the summer comes to an end, Wheal Martyn has launched into their September Clay Stories theme: transport. To find out more about the events happening this month, click here, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01726 850362. Find us on Facebook for stories about heavy transport in the china clay mining industry.