After a £1.1million National Lottery grant, plus a lot of hard work and community support, there has been a year of conservation work to 16 Grade II* listed buildings. The derelict former Assay Office has reopened in April 2017 as a community café while the historic boiler house has been saved and turned into a further exhibition space.
Phil Collins, Member of Heritage Lottery Funding South West Committee, said: “We are delighted to see the tremendous result and the overwhelming public support for all the hard work that has taken place. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, we are excited to see a new chapter begin for this Grade II* listed site.”
There are also plans to refurbish the mill and other core museum buildings to safeguard the mine complex and the historic collections on site.A programme of community activities and events for all ages will now run until the end of 2018. As well as its mining heritage, the site’s position is a gateway to the Great Flat Lode trail.
2015: Royal Opening of Rural Workshops
The official opening of the new work units at King Edward Mine took place on Thursday 17th Sept 2015.
Heritage Lottery Fund awards King Edward Mine Museum a development grant to help progress the redevelopment of King Edward Mine Museum
Plans for the redevelopment of King Edward Mine Museum have been supported by the award of a development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, matched with funding from Cornwall Council. This will enable King Edward Mine to progress plans to create a new exhibition space in the former Boiler House and adapt the Assay Office as a cafe, exploiting the potential of the Great Flat Lode mineral tramway that passes through the site to encourage more leisure visitors to begin their exploration of this historic landscape from King Edward Mine. Both the Boiler House and Assay Office are on English Heritage’s Heritage at Risk Register. The project will also see the refurbishment of the Mill and other core buildings to safeguard the mine complex and the historic collections contained within.
Alongside the conservation works, the project includes funding for two part-time posts and new volunteer opportunities to build the capacity of the KEM team and to help encourage more people, especially families, to visit the museum and surrounding area of the Great Flat Lode.
In August, Cornwall Council and King Edward Mine Ltd submitted a second round application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the KEM Museum Redevelopment Project; we are expecting a decision at the end of November.
Architectural Heritage Fund’s Challenge Fund for Historic Buildings at Risk is the first funder to support the proposed major redevelopment of King Edward Mine Museum
In December 2012 the Architectural Heritage Fund’s (AHF) Challenge Fund for Historic Buildings at Risk, generously funded by English Heritage and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, offered a grant to KEM Ltd to part-fund the conservation and adaptive reuse of the Assay Office complex as a new café for King Edward Mine. This funding support has played an important role in securing development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cornwall Council.
In Oct 2012, King Edward Mine Museum was awarded a grant of £35,700 by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The money will be used to encourage more young people to visit and learn about Cornwall's mining heritage. The project will also investigate the flora and fauna of the site and the archaeological remains in the area.
We have received a letter of congratulation from the local MP, George Eustace, dated 17th Oct 2012;
"I wanted to write and congratulate you and KEM on the fantastic news on receiving some much needed funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which was brought to my attention recently. The funding will really help to secure the development of the mine which continues to educate the many visitors you receive each year"
The grant has been match-funded with £10,000 from Cornwall Council and £2,477 from the Rural Development Programme for England.
KEM is the oldest complete mine site left in Cornwall and the entire complex of buildings is designated Grade II* Listed. The whole site is within the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. The overall complex has Outstanding Universal Value as the best preserved mine head complex within the WHS for the 1700-1914 period for which the WHS was inscribed by UNESCO.
For over 100 years KEM served as the practical teaching site for the Camborne School of Mines. The site contains engine houses, an original Holman winding engine, a calciner for cleansing arsenic from tin concentrates, a number of buildings such as the count house, carpenters' shop, winder and compressor houses, and the mill containing a range of working tin-dressing machinery that represents the last of its kind in the world.
The funding will support the development of a larger programme of events and activities for families, local people and schools, building on the brilliant success of the 24th International Mining Games held at the mine earlier in the year.
Alongside creating more hands-on activities for young people to help them explore the science and technology involved in mining, the project will investigate the flora and fauna of the site and the archaeological remains in the vicinity of the 19th century South Condurrow Stamps Engine House.
Tony Brooks, Chairman of KEM Ltd said ”This is a real boost for us as it will enable the museum to move forward in areas that up until now we have been unable to progress".
Cllr Joan Symons, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for culture said: “King Edward Mine is one of the treasures in the Council’s portfolio of heritage properties and we are delighted that the team there has attracted this grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project aims to encourage more people to come and enjoy the site, consider volunteering on the range of projects that take place there, including working on a new environmental scheme to support local flora and fauna of interest identified by the ecological survey, and to create a nature trail. We are particularly keen for the site to develop its relationship with schools and are pleased to see that this project will include working in partnership with the local school to develop hands-on and digital learning tools.”
Commenting on the grant award Richard Bellamy, HLF’s Acting Head of South West said: “The King Edward Mine site offers a wealth of opportunities for local people and visitors to the area alike to become involved with their heritage in a very practical way. This project, which we were delighted to be able to support, focuses not just on the pioneering industrial heritage of the area, but also on its rich natural heritage, and seeks to provide a range of new activities that will stimulate the interest of visiting families and especially young people”.
The team of volunteers at King Edward Mine Museum are looking for more people to become involved in the future of the mine. It is vitally important to preserve and develop the mine within the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. This is an opportunity for local people to become volunteers to help maintain what remains of Cornwall’s rich industrial heritage, involving all aspects of the Museum, site maintenance, landscape management, industrial archaeology, engineering, model making, events programming and marketing, evening guiding and perhaps taking groups around the Great Flat Lode. If you are interested, please contact: Kingsley Rickard (01209 716811 or firstname.lastname@example.org