Sunday 30th April saw much celebration at King Edward Mine, marking the completion of the latest of two Cornwall Council led projects a new exhibition space within the former engine boiler house and a new café - The Croust Hut.
To mark the occasion, an especially commissioned piece of music for brass band and choir by acclaimed composer Gareth Churcher was performed for the first time in the mine mill. Inspired by the mine's imposing Californian pattern ore crushing stamps – as built by Fraser & Chalmers Ltd. – the piece took its inspiration from the sound and rhythm of this great machine, understood to be the only one of its type in existence.
King Edward Mine came into the ownership of Cornwall Council in 2009 and has benefitted enormously from the sterling efforts of a great many volunteers since its earliest time as a mine museum in the late 1980s. The last eight years has seen EU public sector investment, funding from the Heritage Lottery, Cornwall Council and many others help transform the site.
Thanks are extended to Tamsin Daniel of Cornwall Council and everyone at King Edward Mine for delivering a fantastic conservation project which through the creation of workspace and other facilities will help secure the site for the future.
For more information please see: www.kingedwardmine.co.uk
Below: scenes at King Edward Mine, Troon, during Sunday's celebration of the completion of its new facilities