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Oldest mine gains lottery boost

By West Briton  |  Posted: October 18, 2012

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KING Edward Mine (KEM) has been awarded £37,500 by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The award, together with match-funding of £10,000 from Cornwall Council and £2,477 from the Rural Development Programme for England, will be used to encourage more people to visit, learn about and enjoy the museum near Camborne, its natural setting and the wider Great Flat Lode.

It is the oldest complete mine complex in Cornwall, grade two* listed and within the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.

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."

The funding will support the development of a larger programme of events building on the success of the 24th International Mining Games, held there this year.

The project will also investigate the flora and fauna of the site and archaeological remains around in the vicinity of the 19th-century South Condurrow Stamps Engine House.

Volunteers are needed to join the KEM Museum team to help with work, ranging from maintenance and landscape management to events programming and marketing, evening guiding and taking groups around the Great Flat Lode.

If you are interested, contact Kingsley Rickard on 01209 716811 or e-mail info@kingedwardmine.co.uk

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