Advancing, promoting, encouraging and protecting the mining and mineral interests of Cornwall and Devon

Welcome to the Cornish Chamber of Mines (and Minerals)

The Cornish Chamber of Mines was established in 1917 (an impressive 100 years ago this year) by mining companies in order to advance, promote and protect the mining interests of Cornwall and Devon (including China Clay and Stone) during difficult economic conditions and in the face of new regulatory challenges.

The Chamber continues to maintain these principles and to support existing and potential mining and mineral interests in the region by working closely with mineral developers and regulatory bodies.

The Chamber's name was modified to The Cornish Chamber of Mines and Minerals (CCMM) in 2001 to reflect the equal importance of the minerals and mineral processing aspects of the business as distinct from extraction.

The CCMM is a non-profit organisation, comprised and managed by members from across the mining and legal sectors in South West England. Through its members and associates the CCMM has access to a significant network of relevant and experienced inter-disciplinary specialists.

The CCMM is a consultee on Mineral Planning Guidance and Legislation and a respected voice for the industry.

A key objective of the CCMM is to promote the wealth of existing professional mining and mineral expertise within the South West region and to this end has been instrumental in the development of the Cornwall Mining Alliance (CMA). For further details of the CMA and how to become a member visit Cornwall Mining Alliance. Membership of the CMA is currently free of charge.

Key services provided by the Cornish Chamber of Mines & Minerals are to:

  • Assist and enhance co-operation between mineral developers and experts
  • Promote responsible exploration and sustainable development of mineral deposits
  • Provide input on planning, environmental and mining regulations
  • Help in identification of mineral ownership and historical records
  • Enhance the approach to mine sites and mineral interests within the land planning and development processes
  • Aid governance and awareness of our mining heritage, landscapes and geological assets
  • Provide a sign-posting service to link local experts and channel resources to projects in the southwest and further afield.
  • Support and promote its sister organisation, the Cornwall Mining Alliance, in its marketing of local expertise, development of collaboration among members and promotion of access to export opportunities.

The objectives of the CCMM are coordinated by a Management Committee, which reports to the Board. The Management Committee comprises mineral owners and operators from across the region

Chamber News

The Annual General Meeting of the Chamber was held at Wheal Jane on Tuesday, October 3rd. The Chairman was able to report on a hugely successful Centenary Conference at the Heartlands Centre in Camborne. The organising committee's targets for attendance were exceeded in all respects. Over 160 delegates attended the all-day event and enjoyed a first class series of presentations by industry experts both local, national and international. Interactive workshops and over 20 companies with exhibition displays provided the basis for an excellent day of networking and catching up with friends and colleagues. The day was made complete with a grand dinner at the Penventon Park Hotel in Redruth attended by 66 guests, who enjoyed an excellent meal in wonderful surroundings rounded off by an entertaining speech by special guest Colonel Edward Bolitho, The Queen's Representative in Cornwall.

The conference was also a valuable opportunity to highlight the progress of the Cornwall Mining Alliance, launched with the help of the Chamber last year, and which now has over 80 members, and clarify the differing but complimentary roles of the two organisations.

Centenary Conference Speakers and members of the Organising Committee.

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