Discover the story of the Wheal Martyn Kettle Kid this summer with a new children’s trail, dressing up and fun-packed activities.
Find out about our very own Kettle Boy, Arthur, who joined the clay industry when he was only 14 years old. Now slightly older, at the grand age of 84, we are fortunate that Arthur now volunteers at the museum and will be sharing his story through the interactive Kettle Kids Trail, from Saturday 7 July. Learn about the crucial role he and other Kettle Kids played in Cornwall’s china clay industry and discover the Crib Huts and the Kettles that they used to use. Why not look the part and dress up as a Kettle Kid in our discovery centre? Can you find all of the clues to become a Wheal Martyn Kettle Kid?
Sue Ford, Wheal Martyn’s Museum Manager said, ‘We are very grateful to Arthur for sharing his wonderful story – it’s such a great way to bring the past to life in an exciting way, so that our visitors and communities can discover how different the role of children was 70 years ago compared to today’.
From Monday 30 July, families will also be able to enjoy our new and improved summer activities programme. From creative writing to paper crafts and pottery painting, this diverse range of activities will encourage children to explore the story of the Kettle Kid in a fun, interactive and thought provoking way. Choose from drop-in sessions and creative activities with renowned ceramic artist Jenny Beavan, or perhaps join paper craft artist Ruth Hills from the Craft Barn.
Children can also work towards achieving their Children’s University Passport to Learning Certificate or Discover Arts Award through participating in the various art activities on offer. There is something for everyone this summer at Wheal Martyn, come rain or shine.
Colin Vallance, Managing Director at Wheal Martyn said, ‘We are developing these exciting activities as part of our Clay Works project with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and a range of other organisations including support from Imerys Minerals Ltd. We do hope you will take part in the activities this summer – we would love to hear your feedback and ideas on these pilot activities so we can develop and improve our events programme in the coming years’.