The vision of King Edward Mine museum is to celebrate the mining history of Cornwall by collecting, stewarding and interpreting historical and engineering heritage in ways that increase knowledge and ignite curiosity among people of all ages and backgrounds. As Cornwall’s best preserved mine site, the buildings have been beautifully restored and now serve as a community hub for the Cornish Mining World Heritage area.
Our beautifully restored mill contains some of the last remaining working equipment of its kind in the world.
Our set of Californian Stamps were brought from the Paris Exhibition of 1900 (flat-packed) and the Mill building was built around them. The deafening noise of this great machine can be heard in action several times a year. The stamps were a nominal 850 lbs weight with a drop of 8 ins operating at about 100 drops per minute.
Ore is fed into the mortar box from hehind the heads along with a steady stream of water, reducing the rock to sand that can then be sorted into ore and waste using further equipment and gravity separation methods.
We have restored the building to house our original Holman winding machinery (for the headframe above the mineshaft).
The historic boiler house has been restored and turned into a further exhibition space. Originally, this contained a boiler that provided the steam for the engine that drove the belts for the Mill.
Amongst the many exhibits we showcase the international history of Holman rock-drills.
The museum and its artifacts are currently a valuable resource for local schools.
Originally, this building housed a 90HP Holman Mill Engine, that drove the belts for the Mill.
The former historic engine room is now an exhibition room with photos and video of the history of our own mine and the technology that made it work.
The reason why the buildings and their historic contents were preserved is because King Edward Mine was used as a teaching facility for the Camborne School of Mines (CSM) for almost 100 years from 1897 to 1984.
Our beautiful Survey Office has remained almost unchanged since it was first built in 1897. It is still used by students today.
We are running a Saturday science club for children, open for innovative art projects, and manage the ecology of our wild lands (partly named as 'the Wastrels').
We have a gem of a specialist bookshop selling Cornish books on a variety of topics, but mostly history. We have up to 60 volunteers who guide our visitors, and contribute to the preservation and development of this unique site.