About us


Wheal Martyn is home to the UK’s only china clay mining museum. The museum tells the story of Cornwall’s largest mining industry, which is still alive today.  The museum, set in 26 acres of grounds, incorporates a preserved Victorian clay works and gives a fascinating insight into this important industry which shaped the lives, landscape and economy of Cornwall’s Clay Country and beyond.

Wheal Martyn Trust is a charity, incorporating a fully Accredited Museum which cares for an extensive collection of industry artefacts, a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.  The charity works to provide opportunities for everyone to learn, be inspired and engage with this important aspect of Cornwall’s mining history.

As a charity, the museum provides opportunities for everyone to interact with our vast collection of artefacts, archives, built heritage and environment within our unique and special grounds.

Wheal Martyn Trust

wheal martyn museum building

Our History

Wheal Martyn history museum statues


people looking at wheal martyns collection of artifacts


children sitting in digger at wheal martyn st austell


volunteers looking at the water wheel at wheal martyn


wheal martyn china clay museum chimney


wheal martyn waterwheel in st austell

China Clay History Society

black and white picture of working horses at wheal martyn

Meet the Team

team of volunteers celebrating at wheal martyn


wheal martyn museum receiving an award

SW Lakes Trust

children in life jackets by a lake south west lakes trust

World Heritage

Wheal Coats, Towanroath Shaft Engine House

About Wheal Martyn

Wheal Martyn is based around two former Victorian china clay works, much of which has been designated by English Heritage as a Scheduled Ancient Monument.  As a fully Accredited Museum, we care for and present a vast collection of industry-related objects, machinery, photographs and archives.

The museum provides unique opportunities for visitors to discover how china clay was mined, processed and used. Visitors can learn about the lives of those who lived and worked in the shadow of the ‘Cornish Alps’ and how china clay continues to shape the world today.

Whitegold Project

Wheal Martyn is a partner in the Whitegold project, with Cornwall College, The Eden Project and Plymouth University. The project, generously funded by Arts Council England and St Austell Brewery, with support in kind from White River Place, is an initiative to celebrate what makes St. Austell unique – clay, through ceramics arts. This is part of the wider Clay Town initiative which is set to put St. Austell on the map.  For more information visit the Whitegold website.