The KEMSTEM Club 2018-19 has now been
organised and this year will no longer have a small, limited regular membership but will be available for everyone who has shown an interest to book individual
If you have not previously emailed me about the Club, please contact me on email@example.com so I can send you further details.
The first tranche of dates and topics are:
October 20th – Light Fantastic (repeat of last year)
November 17th – Musical Instruments (new)
December 15th – Xmassy Science (repeat of last year)
I hope to see you there!
The day dawned bright and clear. so, for once it was a pleasant drive to KEM. When I arrived just after 08.30, the museum was a hive of activity with signs being erected everywhere and last-minute checks on equipment being made. At this point, the only problem found was with the ‘loan’ compressor which just would not start. After various trials, the mystery was solved and it continued to work well for the rest of the day. The first visitors appeared just after 09.30 and the day rapidly became a good one. An early decision not to use the normal parking field because of its being water logged proved to be correct, so the Camborne Boys Brigade performed a sterling task in a new location for them re-directing visitors to the Exhibition Field which had been given a decent hard surface prior to the Student games.
Music was provided by the Illogan-Sparnon Silver Band, whose Musical Director later informed me that KEM was the first time the band had played in public, since it nearly went out of existence. The age of the new players ranged from early teens to those in retirement. For a first-time event, the band came across well, confident in their playing abilities and were grateful that KEM was happy to provide a venue for them. Standing in the Courtyard, the sound from the very recently installed permanent public-address system, did justice to the music. Unfortunately, the new system was not able to be used for the whole day as it was found to require further tweaking. It did give an idea of how useful it will become in the future.
As is usual, for many the running of the 1907 Californian Stamps alongside the Mill equipment was the high-light of the day. The noise the Stamps create certainly cannot be avoided if one is in the Mill area which also later provided a background for the Bal Maidens to show off their prose and dances. After lunch, the Troon School Choir and the Tregajorran Singers gave further musical entertainment which was much appreciated. After their performance, some of the School Choir were found trying the ‘panning’ desk near the entrance to the Survey Office. Others had gone into the Lecture Room to assemble waterwheels and make Miners Helmets or to investigate the mechanical toys on display in the Survey Office. The toys certainly brought back childhood memories for many adults. When it was turned over using compressed air, The Winder provided an alternative source of interest during the day. After the last running of the Stamps the site seemed to clear quite quickly and most volunteers were then able to leave, some having stood in a cold north east wind for much of the day.
At this point, I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped make the day a success. M.G.