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The Cornish Guide - Cornwall / Kernow

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King Edward Mine, in west Cornwall, is at the eastern part of the South Condurrow Mine which was abandoned about 1890. It was re-opened in 1897, and developed as a fully operational/training mine, by the Camborne School of Mines.


King Edward (as it was re-named in 1901) was completely re-equipped, both on surface and underground, with modern machinery reflecting what was then considered the best Cornish practice. It was intended that the tin produced would cover most of the teaching costs. In fact, the mine regularly produced tin up until World War 1 when operations were suspended.


In 1987 a group was formed with a view to turning the mill complex into a museum. Supported by the School of Mines a team of volunteers, mainly drawn from the Carn Brea Mining Society, have spent in excess of 10,000 hours on the project. Much material and equipment has been loaned or donated and the mill has been largely returned to a working condition. The surface area of the mine was retained and used for teaching mining, ore dressing and surveying.


There are demonstrations of Edwardian machinery from the days when this was a working Cornish tin mine.  


The mine also holds an annual open day as a celebration of mining in Cornwall, the day after Camborne's Trevithick day. This fun event features local brass bands and dancers as well as demonstrations of vanning, vintage tractors, cars and stationary engines, a model railway exhibition and mine models.


Everything here is undercover, so ideal for wet-weather days to escape the Cornish mizzle.

King Edward Mine

Age group: 7+

Location: MID Cornwall


Contact: nr Camborne, TL14 9DP

TEL: 07511 801644


Camborne 2 miles, Helston 9 miles, St Ives 14 miles,