RepositoryUniversity of Exeter Penryn Campus (GB 3242)
Extent51.64 linear metres & OS Items
TitleCamborne School of Mines - cataloguing in progress please contact for more details
DescriptionThe Archive contains institutional records for The Camborne School of Mines and documents the activities and achievements of the school, its staff and students. Within this large Collection there are a number of notable record series as follows. (please note the covering dates are not exhaustive).

-Admissions Registers
-Camborne School of Mines - attendance and exam results for full-time students 1900 - 1977
-Camborne Mining School Evening Sessions - 1907 - 1912
-Camborne Evening Science School - 1924 - 1940

- Enrolment & Signature Books - 1919 - 1991
- Attendance Register & Exam Results - 1919 -1940 - Camborne Evening Science School

-Fee Books
-Redruth Evening School - 1911 - 1947
-Redruth Evening Science School - 1928 - 1948
-Camborne Mining Day and Evening School - 1908 - 12

-CSM Magazine - 1896 - 1971
-CSM Journal - 1972 - Current
-The CSM Magazine & Journal contain school news, mining articles, details of student's activities and achievements, lists of Alumni that kept the School informed of their whereabouts.

-Student Committee and Sports Committee - 1896 -1904
-Liaison Committee - 1969 -1978
-Club Management Committee - 1963 - 1989
-Student Union Committee - 1976 - 1988
-Student Union Committee Minutes Books 1940 - 1977
-Sports Club Committee and Executive Committee - 1977 - 1985
-Executive Committee - 1995 - 1996
-Academic Board and Court of Governors - 1971 - 1990
-School Board meeting minutes - 1996 - 2003
-Student Union Minutes Books - 1908 - 1966
-Sports Club Minutes - 1923 - 1976
-Teaching Committee - 1994 - 1996
-External Affairs and Marketing Committee - 1996 - 1999
-The Institute of Materials - 2002

-School of Science and Art, Camborne - 1905-1906
-The Mining School, Camborne - 1904-1910
-Camborne School of Arts - 1897-1898
-The School of Metalliferous Mining - 1910-1926
-Camborne School of Metalliferous Mining - 1971-1972
-Camborne School of Mines - 1972-2004

-A selection of records relating to the CSM Geothermal project, including project and research papers, photographs, VHS footage, information on Geothermal energy, surveys, articles and press cuttings.

-A series of scrapbooks containing materials relating to events such as crazy week, smokers nights and student dinners 1974 - 1983.

-Photographs & Slides
-The Collection contains a variety of photographs and slides showing the staff and students of CSM. These include images of staff and students engaged in mining activities, on trips or participating in events, such as presentations, bottle matches, annual dinners and royal visits. Wider mining operations are also, well represented with images of geology, quarrying and blasting. Within the photographic material in this collection there are a number of notable series:

-Graduation Photographs
-CSM Group Graduation - 1987 - 2008
- School Photographs - 1923 - 1988

-Sport Photographs
-Photographs for club and team activities for male and female participants across a whole variety of disciplines such as hockey, rugby, squash, badminton, tennis, football, diving, caving, basketball and golf. For many of the long established sports in particular there are large series of images
-Rugby Team Photographs - c1895 - c2001
-Football Team Photographs - c1899 - 2000

-Course documentation - includes:
-B.Eng (Hons) Mineral Process Engineering - 1983 -2000
-B.Eng (Hons) Mine & Quarry Engineering - 1996 -2000
-B.Sc/B.Sc (Hons) Mineral Processing Technology CNAA - 1976 - 1979
-B.Sc (Hons) & unclassified degree in mining CNAA - 1983
-B.Sc/B.Sc (Hons) Mining CNAA - 1974
-B.Sc/B.Sc (Hons) Mining - 1978 - 1979
-B.Eng (Hons) Mining Engineering - 1983 - 2000
-B.Eng (Hons) Industrial Geology - 1990 - 2000
-B.Sc Surveying & Earth Resources - 1996 - 1998
-BSc Surveying & Environmental Management - 1996 - 1999
-B.Sc (hons) Environmental & Mineral Science - 1996
-B.Sc Environmental Science & Technology - 1995 - 2000
-HND Mineral Surveying & Resource Management - 1995 - 1996
-B.Eng (Hons) Mineral Surveying & Resource Management - 1996
-M.Sc Mining Engineering - 1987 - 1989
-M.Sc Mining Geology - 1979 - 2005
-M.Sc Mining & Mineral Engineering - 1990 - 2000
-HND Science Industrial Geology -1995 - 1998
-BTEC Higher National Diploma Engineering - 1992 - 1994
-Diploma Course in Mineral Industries - 1976
-HND Mining & Minerals Engineering 1998/99
-HND Engineering 1996 - 1998/99
-BTEC HND Engineering - 1992

-The collection also contains:
-A selection of notes and notebooks for mining, geology, assaying, mine economics and mechanical engineering 1900 - 1924
-A selection of records relating to student activities at the King Edward Mine.
- Ephemera relating to annual dinners and bottle matches including programmes and menus
- Institutional correspondence and documentation relating to teaching provision
- Press Cuttings
Admin HistoryFounded in 1888, The Camborne School of Mines [CSM] brought together previously ad hoc and disparate attempts at mining education across Cornwall. The School of Mines was initially established as part of the Camborne Art and Science School. The collaboration between Science and Art has come full circle with CSM now sharing a campus with Falmouth University (previously Falmouth School of Art) at the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus at Penryn.

Within two years of opening, CSM had 189 students who mainly attended classes during the evenings for theoretical training, gaining practical experience during their day jobs at local mines. CSM obtained its own teaching mine at South Condurrow (renamed King Edward Mine to mark the accession of Edward VII) in 1895, a development which allowed students to develop further practical mining skills. The mine flooded and abandoned in the 1920s but has been re-established as a museum in recent years.
During 1909, CSM merged with other, smaller, part- time mining Schools in Redruth and Penzance under the official name School of Metalliferous Mining (Cornwall). The colloquial name of 'Camborne School of Mines', however, continued to be dominant.

CSM saw its numbers fall as many of its students left to undertake military service during the First World War. Many students served in the dangerous tunnelling companies of the Royal Engineers, using their knowledge of excavation and explosives. The names of 70 students who lost their lives are recorded on the CSM War memorial lists. Student numbers were affected once again by the large number of young men leaving for military Service during the Second World War. In 1942 CSM allowed 17 year olds to undertake the Associateship in a shorter period of just over 2 years by cutting short vacation periods, thus enabling young men to complete their qualification before their military service. For those who preferred to work for the war effort rather than fight, known as 'optants', the School also ran special courses in Practical Mining. 230 men trained in just two years. By 1945 students numbers were down to just 42.

CSM has a strong sporting tradition, participating in a variety of sports from the mainstay of Rugby and Football, through to cricket, badminton, squash, basketball, table tennis and hockey. Historically Rugby has always been central to Schools sporting achievements. The infamous annual Bottle match against the Royal School of Mines established in 1902 is reputed to be the second oldest varsity rugby match in world (after Oxford and Cambridge). The trophy, a giant bottle, was first recorded in 1946, and is said to have been 'acquired' from a Bass-Charington beer lorry by RSM students. The Bottle is still fought today and is a much anticipated event in the School's calendar.

The Geothermal Energy 'Hot Rocks' project was one of the most significant research undertakings made in the history of the Camborne School of Mines. The focus of the project concerned the extraction of Hot Dry Rock (HDR) Geothermal Energy from the earth through drilling at a great depth into hot rocks below something enabled by the granite bedrock particular to Cornwall. The project began in 1974, and went on to receive funding from a variety of organisations furthering international collaboration with partners in France Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. This multimillion-pound project pioneered research in this field and ran until 1991.

Although there has been a long history of women attending CSM through its' original art school and evening school and gaining academic awards in the 1970s and 80s, Julie Holl is regarded as the School's first female BSc Graduate in 1984, gaining a first class honours and the F.B Michell Gold Medal for Mineral Processing Technology. The school's first female Principal Professor Frances Wall was appointed in 2008.

In 1975 CSM relocated from Camborne to the Trevenson site in Pool. The move was not popular, but the School benefitted greatly through improved facilities and equipment. The move saw a strengthening of the already robust CSM identity, which has continued following the merger with University of Exeter in 1993. While many were concerned the School would become lost amid a bigger organisation, it has in fact gone from strength to strength, with increasing student numbers and a widening portfolio of courses. The original CSM site in Camborne is now a Tesco store but the stone outside the School entrance was relocated to the School's current site before demolition.

In 2004 CSM moved again to the Tremough site now the University of Exeter's Penryn Campus as part of CUC (Combined Universities Cornwall) initiative. With an International reputation for its' forward thinking approach to research and industry developments the School continues to provide both an academic education and professional training in both mining and a variety of geoscience subjects. Such undertakings support the University of Exeter's wider research interests with regard to innovative and sustainable solutions to energy needs, the use of natural resources and environmental impact. The School is accompanied on the Penryn campus by the University of Exeter's Environment and Sustainability Institute and the Science and Engineering Research Support Facility (SERSF) which undertake cutting edge research into solutions to the problems of environmental change, offshore renewables and biosciences.

List of Presidents/Principals
1888 -1910 - J. J Beringer
1910-1912 - W Fischer Wilkinson
1912-1915 - J. J Beringer
1915- 1918 - T Knowles (Acting Principal)
1919 - 1919 - Professor J G Lawn (Temporary Principal)
1919-1922 - Alex Richardson
1922-1933 - R.A. Thomas
1933-1941- Henry Standish Ball
1941-1946 - George. A. Whitworth (Acting Principal)
1946-1959 - George. A. Whitworth
1960-1969 - Ralph. A. Gorges
1969-1970 (acting) - F. B. Mitchell
1970-1994 - Peter Hackett
1994-2002 - Keith Atkinson
2002-2008 - R. J. Pine
2008-2013 - Frances Wall
2014-2015 - Hylke J. Glass (Acting)
2015- Current K Jeffrey (Head of CSM)
Current - Kim Marie Clothier - President of CSM

Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialCollection is supported by the CSM Historical and Rare Book Collection housed in the Library on the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus. Further holdings of the Camborne School of Mines Archive are held at Cornwall Record.
Access ConditionsOpen, except for those records subject to Data Protection Legislation. Please see item level decriptions for further details.
ArrangementThis collection of institutional papers has a functional arrangement based on those undertaken by the Camborne School of Mines.
Finding_AidsFull box lists available in accession files and in boxes.
Creator_NameCamborne School of Mines.
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