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John Passmore Edwards



(Much More Interesting)


After a £900,000 restoration, taking two years, the Miners & Mechanics Institute has been reopened as an exciting addition to the St Agnes Community Scene.

Current Use

With a new name to match its new place in the St Agnes community the former Passmore Edwards building was reopened on Friday 18 September. A £900,000 restoration project has produced an exciting new community building for the people of St Agnes. Dawn Brown, chairperson for the new centre said that it was important to get away from the character of the use of the building in recent years, that of a men's snooker club. The multitude of new light rooms available for use by village organisations and folk from out side the village are far removed from the dark brown look of a few years ago. MMI now stands for Much More Interesting, and that is just what the building is now all about, although a snooker room has been retained and it is intended that young people will be taught to play the game by a semi professional player.

From the road side the only change of appearance is a lick of new paint and a disabled access ramp. On entering the building one could still think they are entering the original Institute as the stained glass screen and lobby door has been beautifully restored by local artist, Helen Suiter. But once through the lobby the building has been completely updated. carpeted floors, lots of light from the original sash windows and from new roof lights make this a very pleasant place in which to spend either a recreational or educational hour or two.

When Passmore Edwards gave the Institute to the village in 1894 he intended it to be used by the whole of the community and especially the young people. Whilst he may have concerns over the sale of alcohol he would not be other than impressed by the enthusiasm of those involved with this project and the new activities intended to be offered. Much More Interesting Indeed.