This parish has been mined over the centuries for minerals such as lead, copper, silver and tin. Engine houses, such as the one seen in this photograph, littered the landscape.  The last serious mining in the parish was in the early 1940s for tin and wolfram.  Did you know "Wheal" is the Cornish word for mine?   

The museum has a number of artefacts associated with the industry and a model of a miner dressed in typical clothing. There is also a case displaying some of the minerals that could be mined in this area.