The Trevithick Society is over 80 years old and counting…

Making it one of the oldest & most established industrial heritage charities in the world!


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Award winning book

Award winning book

The Society has just heard that the Association for Industrial Archaeology has awarded its Voluntary Societies Publications Prize for 2017, value £300 to the Trevithick Society for our volume, ‘The Tavistock Canal’ by Robert Waterhouse.

This prestigious award will be presented during the AIA 2018 Annual Conference at the University of Nottingham in September. Congratulations to Robert for this richly deserved award.

What we do?

As a Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation, number 1159639, the Society aims to encourage an interest in Cornwall’s Industrial Heritage through lectures, outings and other meetings and by publishing the results of individual research through its website, journal and other publications.

The Society encourages the sympathetic re-use of redundant industrial buildings along with the statutory protection and preservation of prime examples of all types. It sees recording as an important part of its work where the preservation of a monument is not possible.

The Society maintains close links with numerous public and private bodies having common interests, both at a local and national level, and is affiliated to the Association for Industrial Archaeology and the National Association of Mining History Organisations.

Throughout the year the Society hosts lectures on a range of topics at its centres at King Edward Mine near Camborne and The Public Hall in Liskeard. All lectures are free to members.

The Society’s Annual General Meeting, which includes organised field trips, is also open to all members.

Batrachian rocks!

In the West Briton of March 1889 a letter was published in reply to a report regarding the finding of a live toad in solid rock. During the 19th century a number of similar reports on this theme were published in the Mining Journal. This particular incident was in reply to the finding of a toad in a railway cutting at Saltash. No theories had been published as to why batrachians should be found in this way. The letter referred to North Pool Mine when a toad was reportedly found in whole, unbroken rock, thought to have been recovered from a depth of 100 fathoms. The toad was said to have lived for a ‘considerable’ time after being taken to the account house, following which it was sent to the Royal Institution of Cornwall.



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