2018 40th International Mining Games

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”.

King Edward Mine Open Day 2018

Sunday 29th April 2018 - details to follow.

Saturday Science Club

Calling all young Scientists and Engineers


The ”KEM-STEM Club” is for 7-11 year olds and takes place one Saturday morning a month from 10.00am – 12 noon, continuing until summer 2018.


The KEM-STEM Club is currently full but due to the demand for science activities, we have some KEM-STEM special events.


In October 2017, 21 children and their parents took part in a Torchlit Miners’ Treasure Hunt at KEM. After dark, children donned helmets and headlamps to follow a candle-lit trail around the museum and mill, looking for minerals and artefacts that explain what it was like for miners working in the dark, underground. This was followed by some STEM activities in the Survey Office, and then every child chose their own piece of ‘treasure’ to take home with them! It was a huge success and this is the video we made.


The event is due to be run again on December 9th 2017 and will feature again in our 2018 programme of STEM events. Email Lesley at for more information about our STEM programme.

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12th Aug 2017 King Edward Mine celebrate the opening of the new nature trail

King Edward Mine celebrated the opening of the new nature trail


The King Edward Mine Nature Trail was officially opened on Saturday 12th August, where the new installation was unveiled, marking the start to the new trail for visitors and families to enjoy - see report below

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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.


King Edward Mine Open Day 2017 Left to right - Tamsin Daniel, Culture Programme Officer for Cornwall Council, Kevin Baker - Chair of King Edward Mine, Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Cllr Ann Kerridge, Chair of Cornwall Council, Cllr Val Dalley, Mayor of Camborn

2018 International Mining Games @KEM

Easter 2018 - see News & Events page for details

King Edward Mine Open Day 2018

Sunday 29th April

Gold Dust for Historians

King Edward Mine's specialist bookshop for Cornish mining and  history books.  See Shop for details.

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