Could you be the person to help achieve our ambitious plans to inspire and engage more people with the heritage of Cornwall’s iconic china clay mining industry?


Established in 1974, Wheal Martyn preserves and makes accessible the heritage of Cornwall’s largest mining industry, which shaped the landscape and lives of people in mid-Cornwall and was a key driver of the Cornish economy for over 100 years.  As a hidden ingredient in so many everyday products, china clay is still exported from the Duchy across the world, while innovation from the industry in Cornwall has been transferred globally.


Situated amongst the preserved remains of two former clay works (now a Scheduled Ancient Monument), on the edge of St. Austell, Wheal Martyn is a fully Accredited Museum, including a Discovery Centre, collection of industry artefacts, significant archive and 26 acres of woodland and walks.


We are embarking on an exciting new phase, having recently adopted a new Masterplan, Interpretation Strategy and secured £1.35M to deliver the first in a series of projects which are designed to extend the reach of our charity and ensure its long term financial sustainability.  We are also a partner in an Arts Council England funded National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) programme being delivered by Cornwall Museums Partnership.


Wheal Martyn is committed to engaging an increasingly broad audience – we are passionate about providing new opportunities to engage and inspire our communities, helping to build pride, confidence and a sense of place through the provision of inclusive activities, exhibitions, innovative volunteer programmes and practical heritage skills training.  We also have ambitions to improve the physical accessibility and condition of our unique historic site to create enjoyable and meaningful experiences for more people.


Wheal Martyn is a charity and is an independent subsidiary of South West Lakes Trust, a conservation and recreation charity based in the South West.  We are looking for knowledgeable and enthusiastic individuals to join the Board of Trustees, helping to grow our charity and further embed our charitable work with our communities. Located on the edge of St Austell, which suffers high levels of deprivation, Wheal Martyn is well placed to contribute to current aspirations to revitalise the town.  We are especially keen to hear from people who have experience, knowledge or skills in any of the following areas:


  • Museums and heritage
  • Digital technologies
  • Fundraising and advocacy


All positions are unpaid but reasonable expenses will be remunerated.


Further information about Wheal Martyn Trust, including details of how to apply, can be found in the Trustee Information Pack


Closing date for applications: Friday 02nd November 2018


Interviews will be held during November 2018

Cafe Assistant

We have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic individual to join our friendly café team – the ideal candidate will have a flair for providing great customer service with a smile, and ideally some previous experience in a similar role (not essential however as full training will be provided).

This role will involve working weekends and occasional evenings.

Salary: Up to £7.83 per hour plus holiday pay

Hours: 0-40 hours on a flexible basis (including weekends and bank holidays)

Download Job Description here

Download Application Form here

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Volunteering Opportunities

For more information and to apply, contact Nikita Brown – Exhibition & Engagement Officer on