Hayle Heritage Centre
A Cornish Mining World Heritage Site in the heart of Hayle. Discover the town’s mighty industrial past, its pre-history and the stories of its people in this free, family-friendly Heritage Centre.
Hayle Heritage Centre sits within Harvey’s Foundry, the nineteenth-century engineering powerhouse famed for the Cornish Beam Engine. Discover this mighty industrial past and the town’s rich social history in a family-friendly environment just a stone’s throw from Hayle’s celebrated Three Miles of Golden Sands.
Our free-entry Heritage Centre, housed within the Grade II* listed former Harvey & Co. offices, holds a large and diverse collection. Hayle dominated the global engineering market in the 1800s for its production of mining machinery and this legacy is preserved in our industrial history collection. Other local industries are also reflected, with objects relating to Hayle Power Station, the Dynamite Works and Metal Perforators J & F Pool. The wider social history collection covers local traditions, leisure and pleasure, ancient history, working life, maritime history and wartime Hayle. Our large oral history collection offers a first-hand account of life in Hayle, as told by local people.
The Heritage Centre is open annually from April until September and hosts a range of workshops and events throughout the season, from free children’s craft afternoons to evening talks. Details can be found on our events calendar.
There is a lift, a wheelchair accessible toilet, level flooring throughout, a shop and baby changing facilities. Dogs are welcome.
For opening hours please check our website.