Re-engaging the Clay Country with their Heritage
With the help of a grant of £48,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Wheal Martyn Museum is taking a big step towards re-engaging the local community with their rich China Clay mining heritage through a new project which will see people of all ages getting more involved with their local history through events and activities and which will also provide enhancements to the displays and interpretation at the Museum.
In addition to HLF’s support the Clay Country Local Action Group has also awarded funding for the new project at Wheal Martyn, together with the museum’s own fundraising activities, this will see the employment of two new officers. A part time Curator will work on improvements to the display and interpretation as well as hosting various workshops such as oral history recording. In addition a part time Education Officer will be working with local schools and visitors alike to develop improved education packages and activities for various age groups.
Both officers will also be developing a team of volunteers to assist with their work which helps to further the benefits of the project and also provides real opportunities for people to get hands on with their heritage, learning new skills themselves or passing their experience and knowledge to local people and visitors alike.
Evelyn Stacey Director of Wheal Martyn said "This project will help keep the heritage of Cornwall’s hugely important China Clay industry alive for future generations providing further opportunities for local people to discover their roots and become actively involved in preserving their heritage. The project demonstrates our commitment to ensuring a sustainable future for this important Museum and making it a focal point for our community".
Commenting on the award Nerys Watts, HLF’s Head of South West said: "China Clay mining dominated both the landscape and economy of the St Austell area for 200 years, and remains an intrinsic part of Cornwall’s industrial heritage. We were therefore delighted to be able to support this project, which will enable the development of resources and outreach to ensure that the story of the Clay Country is kept alive for future generations to understand and enjoy"
As events and activities arise they will be promoted locally; however in the meantime if anyone would like to be involved as an educational or curatorial volunteer please contact Verlaine Jane on 01726 850362 or email firstname.lastname@example.org