Grant boost for Camborne mine museum
9:56am Monday 15th October 2012 in News
The King Edward Mine Museum near Camborne has been awarded a grant of £35,700 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to encourage more people to visit, learn about the mine and enjoy its natural setting and the wider Great Flat Lode.
The grant has been match-funded with £10,000 from Cornwall Council and £2,477 from the Rural Development Programme for England.
King Edward Mine (KEM) is the oldest complete mine site left in Cornwall and the entire complex of buildings is designated Grade II* Listed. The whole site is within the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.
For over 100 years KEM served as the practical teaching site for the Camborne School of Mines. The site contains engine houses, an original Holman winding engine, a calciner for cleansing arsenic from tin concentrates, a number of buildings such as the count house, carpenters' shop, winder and compressor houses, and the mill containing a range of working tin-dressing machinery that represents the last of its kind in the world.
The funding will support the development of a larger programme of events and activities for families, local people and schools, building on the brilliant success of the 24th International Mining Games held at the mine earlier in the year. Alongside creating more hands-on activities for young people to help them explore the science and technology involved in mining, the project will investigate the flora and fauna of the site and the archaeological remains in the vicinity of the 19th century South Condurrow Stamps Engine House. Tony Brooks, Chairman of KEM Ltd said ”This is a real boost for us as it will enable the museum to move forward in areas that up until now we have been unable to progress"
Cllr Joan Symons, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for culture said: “King Edward Mine is one of the treasures in the Council’s portfolio of heritage properties and we are delighted that the team there has attracted this grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project aims to encourage more people to come and enjoy the site, consider volunteering on the range of projects that take place there, including working on a new environmental scheme to support local flora and fauna of interest identified by the ecological survey, and to create a nature trail. We are particularly keen for the site to develop its relationship with schools and are pleased to see that this project will include working in partnership with the local school to develop hands-on and digital learning tools.”
Commenting on the grant award Richard Bellamy, HLF’s Acting Head of South West said: “The King Edward Mine site offers a wealth of opportunities for local people and visitors to the area alike to become involved with their heritage in a very practical way. This project, which we were delighted to be able to support, focuses not just on the pioneering industrial heritage of the area, but also on its rich natural heritage, and seeks to provide a range of new activities that will stimulate the interest of visiting families and especially young people”
The team of volunteers at King Edward Mine Museum are looking for more people to become involved in the future of the mine. It is vitally important to preserve and develop the mine within the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. This is an opportunity for local people to become volunteers to help maintain what remains of Cornwall’s rich industrial heritage, involving all aspects of the Museum, site maintenance, landscape management, industrial archaeology, engineering, model making, events programming and marketing, evening guiding and perhaps taking groups around the Great Flat Lode. If you are interested, please contact: Kingsley Rickard (01209 716811) or firstname.lastname@example.org