Wheal Martyn is seeking to broaden its reach as a charity, in particular to develop a range of inclusive activity to benefit target groups within St. Austell and wider Cornwall. Our aim is to engage more young people, people with disabilities and people from socio-economically deprived backgrounds, so that they are able to benefit from experiences at, or enabled by the museum. Our location on the edge of one of Cornwall’s largest populations, in an economically disadvantaged area means that we are well placed to deliver work which benefits these target groups.
This work, which will be led by the museum’s Community and Learning Officer will include research into these target audiences locally and the mechanisms to engage these groups effectively. It will also involve developing relationships with partners and delivering specific projects which will benefit these groups of people.
At present the following sub-projects are being developed and will form part of this work:
• A six month artist led project working with participants of the museum’s new Memory Café, culminating in an exhibition of work at the museum. This will include increasing the number of participants and recruiting volunteers to support the work.
• A Young Roots project, working with Treverbyn Youth Group, within the local Parish to broaden the appeal of the museum for young people, specifically related to the outdoor space, whilst giving young people an opportunity to learn through contributing to the development of this aspect of the museum.
• A project to engage young people with wartime history in Clay Country, linked to preserving a 1916 Peerless lorry at the museum, used during the Great War
• An access audit of the museum, to recommend ways of improving both physical and intellectual accessibility at Wheal Martyn so that we can make Wheal Martyn increasingly accessible in the future.
• A writing and dance project, based around the museum’s collections, working with Shallal 2, an inclusive dance charity, enabling young people to learn and gain confidence through expressive arts.
• A potential partnership project with STAK, a charity based in St. Austell who work to support the vulnerable, needy and homeless within our community.
While some of these sub-projects will be discrete pieces of activity working with specific groups for a period of time, our intention is that during the project we will develop opportunities to embed ongoing activity into the museums work which engages our target groups into the future.
The Access Audit will provide a range of recommendations which we can then plan to implement to improve accessibility at Wheal Martyn, using the report to assist with securing funding to deliver these improvements.