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Mining museum in administration

Morwellham Quay
Morwellham Quay served silver, tin and copper mines in the area

A major tourist attraction and education centre in Devon has been placed in administration.

Mining museum Morwellham Quay near Tavistock will stay open until the end of October, a spokesman for Grant Thornton UK said.

The firm said it was seeking new investors in the museum which has 28 staff and added it was "confident" about its long-term future.

The move follows a decision by Devon County Council to withdraw funding.

David Matthews of Grant Thornton said: "We will be discussing its financing with all the parties who have provided funding and reviewing the options for its future.

"A number of parties have already expressed interest in the site and we are confident the long term future of the attraction can be secured."

Annual visitor numbers have dwindled steadily from 150,000 a year in the 1970s to 50,000.

In its heyday, about 300 people were employed at Morwellham Quay, which served the silver, tin and copper mines in the area.

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