King Edward Mine is collaborating with The Kneehigh Theatre ‘walk with me’ project. It is about collecting local stories and working with youngsters and writers towards producing an app that can be enjoyed on the walk or in the armchair, http://www.kneehigh.co.uk/page/walk-with-me.php
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.
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 email@example.com for more information about our STEM programme.