Wheal Martyn Trust

Wheal Martyn Museum
St. Austell
PL26 8XG
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1726 850362
Web: http://www.wheal-martyn.com

Registration Number: 1160460

Primary Contact

Colin Vallance

Colin Vallance


Tel: +44 (0)1726 850362
Email: cvallance@swlakestrust.org.uk

Secondary Contact

Gemma Martin

Gemma Martin

Education Officer

Tel: +44 (0)1726 850362
Email: gmartin@wheal-martyn.com

Company Profile

Wheal Martyn is the UK’s only china clay mining museum set in the grounds of two former Victorian clay works, now a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The Accredited Museum holds a collection of artefacts from Cornwall’s china clay industry ranging from industry tools and machinery through to ceramics and social history artefacts.

Wheal Martyn also holds an extensive offsite archive, in the stewardship of the museums China Clay History Society. This unique collection preserves a significant part of Cornwall’s industrial heritage and the history of English China Clays (in the late 1980s a UK top 100 company and leading exporter) with several thousand documents, photographs, technical drawings, maps, films and company records. The site also has a Site of Special Scientific Interest incorporating granite which is at a stage of kaolinisation usually only found beneath ground.

The museum has a part time Education Officer who works with schools, Colleges and Universities while our History Society offers assistance with enquiries and research.

The site is also available for venue hire for conferences and meetings during the day or evenings and guided tours of the historic site can be provided.