Education: from early years to university.

We aim to provide engaging and enjoyable learning opportunities that support the curriculum within the context of Cornwall’s history.

We have developed workshops for primary and secondary pupils, which reflect the impact of the Clay Industry on the surrounding communities and its environment, complementing the guided tours and interactive activities at Wheal Martyn. The museum has a loans box, which can be loaned to schools to support topic work on rocks, soils and minerals. Handling objects can also be loaned out to schools and to arrange this please contact the Community and Learning Officer at Wheal Martyn.

The Community and Learning Officer is available to deliver assemblies in school as well as attend staff meetings free of charge. A newsletter is sent termly to schools to keep teachers up to date with new development for both teaching and the wider school community.

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+Facilities for groups

For pre-booked visits we can reserve an area in our main reception space for classes to eat snacks and lunch if the weather is not suitable for outdoor seating, which can be near to the main building or on the nature trail area. Toilets are situated by the exit to the Interactive Exhibition and there are also toilets in the café/shop complex, which includes an accessible toilet. There is a shop which sells a variety of souvenirs and gifts priced for pocket money. Guided tours of the site are available free of charge but these must be booked in advance.

+Booking your visit

Prior booking is essential. Provisional booking can be made by telephone but must be confirmed in writing using the School Booking Form which is available as a download.

It is recommended that you allow at least half a day for your visit, in order for your pupils to fully appreciate the museum. Once a booking has been confirmed a FREE preliminary visit is the museum is available for any of the teachers intending to bring the class. Just bring your school identification badge with you.

+Admission Charges

Pre-booked educational parties: £4.00 per student (Primary and Secondary)
£6.00 per student from 6th Form level; 16 years or over
Accompanying teachers and adults supporting the supervision of the class are free of charge.
Outreach Visits – from £50 for a workshop to be delivered in school by our Community and Learning Officer (price may vary depending on distance from Wheal Martyn).

+Clothing and Footwear

Wheal Martyn is an open air site and suitable clothing and footwear are important to enable children and young people to make the most of their visit.

+Enabling access

The nature of the site has made steps inevitable and access for wheelchairs to one part of the museum is particularly difficult. We will be pleased to discuss this with you in order to enable access by other means. In addition we aim to support a range of access needs. Please contact the Community and Learning Officer to discuss other requirements.

+Risk Assessment

The site is situated on an old industrial site with un-even pathways, floors and steps, steep gradients, slippery surfaces, drains, ditches and deep water tanks. You will find health and safety guidelines and a risk assessment for a site visit available to download.

Click here for the health and safety guidelines for schools visits downloadable form.

+Transport Grants

Now available – funding towards transport costs for Schools to Wheal Martyn. Cornwall Heritage Trust are offering grants annually towards the transport costs of visit to Wheal Martyn and similar heritage sites.

Visit the website for more information Cornwall Heritage Trust

+Schools' Newsletter

Please click to view:

Autumn Newsletter Part 1 and Part 2

Booking and visits 

+Pit Paper Porcelain

Click here to read Pit, Paper, Porcelain: an adventure in heritage, literacy and creative writing through music & culture.

Click here to read ‘Schools shine in WW1 commemoration performance.

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Community and Learning Officer
Tel: 01726 850362