Friday, 12 June 2015

A glimpse of bygone days at the King Edward Mine Museum

Another day of wet weather meant abandoning plans for the walking tour of the copper and tin mining area of Camborne.  Instead around 25 Physical Separation '15 delegates stayed on after the conference ended, for an extended tour of the King Edward Mine Museum, one of the finest mining museums in the world.

In an atmospheric setting, surrounded by the ruins of 19th century engine houses, the museum contains a working mill which replicates the techniques which were used to process tin ores in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Much of the machinery in the mill is amongst the last of its kind in the world.

I would like to thank my old CSM colleague, Tony Clarke, and Nigel MacDonald, both enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides, for running the machinery for our small group, including the stamp battery, which gave some impression of what the now tranquil scene outside must once have been like.

A 19th century beam from a local engine house
Shaking table
Convex Buddle
Cornish Round Frame
Tony carrying out a 'vanning assay'
Rag Frames


  1. On behalf of KEM, thanks for all your kind words, and pix.
    We both enjoyed it, and it gave both of us a chance to expand explanations into something that's more scientifically satisfying.
    Hope to see you on Thursday the 18th at the Sundowner

    1. Thanks again Tony, and Nigel of course. I learn something new every time I visit KEM, and look forward to the next visit!


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