Royal Cornwall Museum’s Mineral Gallery has reopened following a comprehensive transformation, with a mission to share the knowledge and understanding of Cornish mining and minerals.

Home to over one million artefacts, including the globally significant collection of more than 12,000 mineral samples, Royal Cornwall Museum is the caretaker of 3,500 years of mining history.

The Mineral Gallery transformation has been made possible thanks to part funding of £476k from Truro’s Town Deal Board and Cornwall Council.

Louis Gardner, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for economy, said: “It’s great to see the results of the Town Deal funding coming to fruition with the opening of the transformed gallery that brings to life Cornwall’s history and looks forward to an exciting future.

“This Town Deal investment in such an innovative cultural asset will promote our rich and unique heritage to visitors, as well as supporting a thriving cultural heritage sector and the wider economy of the city.”