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Thames School of Mines and Mineralogical Museum

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Interesting place to visit

Very pleasant gentleman guided us around this old mining school, imparting information as we went... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Bikerchick1956
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Horncastle, United Kingdom
Advanced Technological Education Victorian Style

Thames School of Mines certainly is a time capsule. Without the skills taught here there would... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2018
mcgaval
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Thames, New Zealand
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101 Cochrane Street, Thames 3500, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went through the mines school with our teenage grandy. What a mistake. I only give it a 2 because of the interest and effort of our guide who was regularly apologetic and hopeful of making it better presented. Great that the old buildings have been...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank gorgle
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very pleasant gentleman guided us around this old mining school, imparting information as we went. He made sure we understood the concepts before he went on, enjoyable tour. If you are from UK and member of national trust, take your card as it’s free to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bikerchick1956
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Thames School of Mines certainly is a time capsule. Without the skills taught here there would have been no gold-mining here and therefore no town of Thames!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank mcgaval
Reviewed 13 April 2018

Absolutely excellent place Thames was the Camborne of New Zealand The School of Mines is as it was vacated - a time capsule and a memorial to the miners of Thames Really excellent mineral collection If you like industrial history a visit is a must...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank flatworm
Reviewed 6 March 2018

We had a guided tour, starting with a lady who handed over to John I think. His family kept this place going, and all the more strength to their arms. Fascinating educational and lots of humour alongside. The rock sample collection, thought to be the...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Ken H
Reviewed 26 February 2018

Wonderful tour of the rock collection and the historical buildings that housed the mining engineers. Some explanation of the process that ground the ore and the chemicals used to extract the gold. Makes fine outing if you find yourself in Thames.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank KathrynAHall
Reviewed 25 January 2018

The Rock Shop which is part of the School of Mines facility is full of rocks and crystals and much more - there is likely to be something for everyone. The staff are well informed and can help you with your queries. I highly recommend....More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank FootlooseFancyFree64
Reviewed 2 January 2018

Some say the place could do with a bit of 'sprucing up' but I feel that would take away from the charm of the whole thing. It really looks as though the people in the mid 1900s just walked out yesterday and left it all...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Rebecca N
Reviewed 28 November 2017

what a gem, haha all puns intended. this lovely little quirky shop and education centre was brilliant. the very caring owner and her volunteer side kick Tif, were such fine company and sooo knowledgeable. they sell raw and polished stones and artefacts but give away...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank dicowan
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Rocks...beautiful colours and in all shapes and sizes. Lots of families when we were there today. All enjoying themselves. Children choosing this rock and that fossil. All for just a dollar or two. Listening to their chatter brought a smile to my face. Pure enjoyment....More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank linleyma
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