From 17 September, our new outdoor exhibition features historic photographs from Wheal Martyn’s archive, combined with poetry written by our Trainee Curator, Alexander Thomas, to help evoke a sense of understanding of the Cornish china clay industry – how it was, how it operated, and what has become of it in the centuries since its founding.

Each image has been carefully selected and placed to give a sense of Wheal Martyn’s past and present. Together with Alexander’s poetry, we want to encourage visitors to write and send in their own poetry around Clay Country.

Alexander explained: “I wrote the poetry off and on over the summer and it will be displayed on individual exhibition boards alongside each different image or set of images. Each piece was inspired by spending time out and about on site, at times simply sitting by each different landmark, such as the water wheels and pit view, and just immersing myself in the sight of them, their motion and the atmosphere around them.”

If you feel inspired to write some poetry yourself then please email us at [email protected] or tag us on social media @whealmartyn.

While you’re here, make sure you also check out Agan Kernow: Make it Better - our new exhibition of local community photography exploring how photography can promote better health and wellbeing.

Free exhibition (normal museum admission applies).