In late 2015 Wheal Martyn was awarded development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, along with funding from the Arts Council England and Imerys, to develop the Clay Works! Project. This project will bring new life to the Mica Dry building, part of the Scheduled Ancient Monument at Wheal Martyn, by consolidating and preserving this important building to provide access to a new area of the museum. This redundant historic building will be re-used to create new exhibition space along with space for learning and engagement, which will connect not only different levels of the museum but also provide access to an outdoor learning area in former settling tanks to complement the internal space. The project will also carry out priority consolidation works to other aspects of the Scheduled Ancient Monument to improve conditions for people and objects.
Volunteers and visitors will be engaged in heritage skills training during the construction phase and workshops post construction with the aim of creating a heritage skills volunteer team based at Wheal Martyn for the foreseeable future.
The Clay Works! Project is now in the development phase and we will be consulting with members of the public and stakeholders to ensure the project delivers a truly outstanding addition to the Wheal Martyn experience. We aim to submit a Heritage Lottery Fund Stage 2 submission in August 2017 and raise the necessary match funding. If successful this will allow us to begin these work in 2018 with a target completion date of April 2019.