Visit the new Croust Hut at King Edward Mine see https://www.thecrousthut.co.uk
April 30th 2017
Open Day started in pouring rain and strong winds, so it was necessary to accommodate in the Mill, some of the external attractions planned for our day to celebrate both 30 years of work by volunteers and the completion of 3 phases of expensive building works, costing some 4.5 million pounds.
The Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho, leading the party of civic dignitaries partially hidden under umbrellas, walked down from the Count-House, to the recently opened Croust Hut Café and then onto an exhibition located in the newly refurbished Boiler House. This exhibition has been designed to place King Edward Mine into the wider context of its location on the Great Flat Lode. Whilst it contains the history of the area from the Neolithic/Bronze Ages up to the present day and deals with the more social side of mining, it also looks to the future.
After cutting the ribbon to the Boiler House, the Lord Lieutenant went on to declare the exhibition open and gave a short speech in which he praised the work and dedication of the volunteers in bringing the site back to life. There were speeches from others involved in the restoration both financially and physically. After which everyone went on a short tour of the site culminating with seeing the Californian Stamps and other equipment in action in the Mill.
As soon as the Stamps ceased a new piece of music composed and conducted by Gareth Churcher, entitled ‘King Edward Mine’ was played by St Keverne Silver Band who were joined by 8 in a Bar and Troon School Choir to make the first public rendition truly memorable. At lunch time visitors were entertained in the Mill by Vox Studios and then Lanner Academy Band provided light music. The Stamps were run again and later there were performances from Bal Maidens and the River Red River Singers.
Elsewhere on site, the Holman Winder was turned over by compressed air several times during the day. In the Survey Office, children and adults were given the chance to see and play with models and working exhibits. The lecture room had a steady stream of children eager to have their faces painted or to make things such as the now ‘traditional miner’s helmet which they went away wearing proudly. The craft tent and pop up café were kept busy throughout. By the end of the day the sun had come out and rounded of what was felt by some to be one of the best Open Days.
The Official Press release is available as a download below;
40th International Mining Games Cornwall 2018
The 40th International Mining Games (IMG) will be hosted at King Edward Mine, the original home to Camborne School of Mines (CSM) Friday 30th and Saturday 31st March 2018 (Easter weekend).
The International Mining Games, is an event which enables students from across the globe to meet at a unique and fun, competitive event. It was held at King Edward Mine in 2012 and welcomed teams from North America, Australia and Europe.
Competitors compete in 7 events of traditional mining methods in order to commemorate those who have lost their lives in industry and preserve those traditional methods for many years to come.
Hosting in Camborne, where many of the modern hard-rock techniques originated, is a great way to honour the heritage, steeped within the proud local community. Coinciding with the history, is the innovative and ever developing technologies that are researched, established and implemented into industry from within the heart of Camborne based companies and CSM itself.
The CSM is the sole facility that offers Mining Engineering in the United Kingdom, as such we are currently the only British team to compete, which in turn has made us known to our competitors as “Team Great Britain”.
There are many action photos of the event at KEM in 2012 and the business proporal for 2018 is below;