Miners at Home

Mining was not just a job; it was a way of life. 

Where the mine company owned the housing, the mine dominated daily life. Cornish mining transformed both the region’s landscape and its society. It helped to create a distinctive culture. By the mid-nineteenth century, Cornwall had created a proud and assertive regional identity, associated most closely with the mining districts.

 

Women

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Bal Maidens

From the early 18th century women and girls were employed above the ground in growing numbers doing low paid manual work.


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Health

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Life was often short and hard for the miners.


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Home life

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The Cornish family in the past was distinctive because there was a relatively equal division of labour between men and women.


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Children in the Mines

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In the 18th and 19th centuries children were employed above and below ground.


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Comment left by jim on 2009-10-12 15:31:02

His website has enlightened me. I now look at everything in a new light. I have inhaled coal dust.

Comment left by niamh on 2009-11-02 15:08:02

good information

 

Comment left by richyboy 77 on 2011-09-29 12:23:03

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Comment left by Oscar on 2011-10-12 22:28:45

Thanks!, Really helped with my essay

 

Comment left by nicola rayner on 2013-03-06 19:15:26

thank you very much help my son with his home work.

 

Comment left by Cassie on 2014-05-06 18:54:31

Went along with the school today, I've lived down here for most of my life but I'd never been to Geevor before. It was so interesting, such great guides, kids and adults were totally fascinated ALL day. Thanks so much to all who are involved, I'll be taking the rest of the family down ASAP.

 

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