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Wheal Martyn Clay Works

Wheal Mar­tyn Clay Works is the UK’s only chi­na clay min­ing muse­um, based with­in two Vic­to­ri­an chi­na clay works in Cornwall.

China clay mining has shaped the landscape, lives of people and economy of mid-Cornwall for over 250 years. It is Cornwall’s largest mining industry.

A fully accredited museum, Wheal Martyn is based within two Victorian china clay works, now a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The museum tells the story of this fascinating industry and the people who worked and lived in the shadows of Cornwall’s iconic ‘white pyramids’.

As part of their Clay Works project, a new gallery dedicated to temporary exhibitions is opening in April 2020, with the first exhibition being Kurt Jackson's Clay Country.
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