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King Edward Mine Museum

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pkj200w wrote a review Sep 2020
Alton, United Kingdom18 contributions11 helpful votes
You get so much more out of a museum when you have guides. Our guides clearly loved what they do. They each had a passion for a different part of mining, some for the technical, some for the historical development and some for the social. They were also all clearly fond of each other and were a lovely team. On top of this, these people are all volunteers. I couldn't recommend a visit here enough! I feel I now know so much more about Cornwall's mining history than I did yesterday and my life is that little bit richer for it. Also, the cafe is AMAZING!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Hugh D wrote a review Sep 2020
Portsmouth, United Kingdom95 contributions72 helpful votes
Peter was our guide too. A graduate of the Mining College and with a lifetime in the industry, his enthusiasm, patience and knowledge made this a memorable visit for us. Great for me to see all the machinery switched on and running and we both gained a much better understanding of what life must have been like for the miners and their families. Recently learning about the lithium connection from Countryfile made this visit really topical too.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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LXX_Nav wrote a review Sep 2020
United Kingdom51 contributions19 helpful votes
After reading other reviews it was a delight to find that this museum thoroughly deserves it’s solid reputation. The very friendly staff were very knowledgeable and went out of their way to ensure that the mining story was understood. Often museums have trouble in making wall charts difficult to read by using small print. Not here. Wall charts supplemented the spoken word and practical exhibits worked extremely well. Several hours very well spent.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from Carol R, Trustee at King Edward Mine Museum
Responded Sep 16, 2020
Thank you LXX, We are so pleased that you had an enjoyable visit to King Edward Mine. We are run entirely by enthusiastic volunteers who, between them, have a wealth of knowledge, both about Cornish tin, but also of wider local history. We are open for one more week in September, then closed for the winter when we are always very busy working on restoration and maintenance. Thank you to all our reviewers for taking the time to post their experiences on Trip Advisor.
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Sarah S wrote a review Aug 2020
Ilfracombe, United Kingdom6 contributions
We’ve just spent a great hour or so at this museum. A really informative tour with brilliant engagement of kids (9, 10 &22!) not an easy achievement. Definitely recommend. Word if warning be careful of satnav directions as we had a bit of a hairy journey to get there!!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Carol R, Trustee at King Edward Mine Museum
Responded Aug 28, 2020
Sarah, Thank you for your lovely review and recommendation. Our volunteer guides are always really pleased to hear that we are engaging with young people. Education is one of the primary aims of our charity. We are rural and sorry that you had difficulty finding us. To help people unfamiliar with the area, have some directions on our website https://www.kingedwardmine.co.uk/find-us. When the museum is open, we always have a friendly person to call for directions on 01209 614681. Carol (Trustee)
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Kathryn W wrote a review Aug 2020
Halstead, United Kingdom2 contributions
We came to visit King Edward Mine and had a really interesting time, our guide Peter made our tour come alive with his knowledge and passion for the mine and its history. We came away feeling so educated about mining. We had lunch in the homely feel cafe beforehand which was very tasty. The mine is run by volunteers who are so friendly and welcoming from our phone call to check opening times and at each contact point. Thank you for a great time and can not recommend King Edward mine enough.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Carol R, trustee at King Edward Mine Museum
Responded Aug 23, 2020
Thank you so much for your lovely review. All the volunteers feel the same as peter, that we have something unique - an irreplaceable part of the story of Cornish Mining.
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