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King Edward Mine Museum gets lottery funding

By mwill  |  Posted: October 13, 2012

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The King Edward Mine Museum, near Camborne, has been awarded a 'Your Heritage' grant of £35,700 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to encourage more people to visit, learn about and enjoy King Edward Mine Museum and its natural setting. The grant has been match-funded with £10,000 from Cornwall Council and £2,477 from the Rural Development Programme for England.

King Edward Mine Museum at Troon is the oldest complete mining site

remaining in Cornwall and is part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. The museum won an award last year from the Association for Industrial Archaeology.

Tony Brooks, the Chairman of King Edward Mine, 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."

Councillor 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."

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  • Carvath  |  October 15 2012, 9:15PM

    Further information is given here: http://tinyurl.com/8bh566w

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  • Truro_Kernow  |  October 15 2012, 12:43PM

    Grand news for Kernow and with the establish of a Cornish National Library and Archive on it's way, it is good to see our Country progressing towards proper, non English control of its history and heritage. Kernow bys vyken!

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  • Cknocker  |  October 15 2012, 12:40PM

    I personally think KEM is a great site, as is Geevor and Poldark. However the point is are we at risk of saturating the market - which could affect the viability of every single one of the sites. Rather than the sites all competing for the same custom, maybe they would be better off operating as a co-operative? Maybe entry discounts fo multi site visits or multi site tickets? Just a thought......

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  • Gurnards_Head  |  October 15 2012, 11:44AM

    As Cornwall has been accorded World Heritage status it is right that what remains of our once mighty industrial past is preserved and cherished given that it was one of the main drivers of the industrial revolution. Genuine heritage centres are educational, so many really do want to learn about their past, I for one would much rather visit genuine heritage or natural sites than tacky contrived theme parks wherever they may be anywhere in the world. Remember that any attraction will fail if it is not interesting enough or good enough value for money to attract visitors.

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  • Carvath  |  October 15 2012, 11:29AM

    The grant is highly applicable and appreciated. KEM is Grade 11 listed, part of a World Heritage Site and has valuable preserved processing equipment as well as a complete mine!

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  • Truro_England  |  October 15 2012, 10:56AM

    more hand outs for a County which thinks it can go it alone? Going to see old mines is really going to bring in loads of money and jobs! lets keep focusing on the local job needs and houses first before we improve things for the tourists.

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  • Cknocker  |  October 14 2012, 9:53AM

    I do sometimes wonder myself, how many tourists are really going to come to Cornwall with an Itinary of: - Monday - Geevor Tuesday - Poldark Wednesday - Heartlands Thursday - King Edward Friday - Tolgus That said each of the sites have their unique points however with a full development of KEM, I don't see Tolgus getting visitors in their own right although they will still get the visitors from the Gold Centre.

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  • Big_Ger  |  October 13 2012, 9:38PM

    While I do not object to this funding in any way, does anyone else believe , like me, that we are in danger of over-saturating the Cornish tourism market with "mine heritage" centres?

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