The Tinners Way

This exhibition is now closed.

September - October 2010.

Geevor Tin Mine is delighted to invite you on a journey to rediscover 'The Tinners Way - a road less travelled'. This exhibition was created by a local artist partnership 'Tough Dough' working with schools and the local community, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Feast.

The Tinners Way started off as a Bronze Age trading route of tin and copper. It is an 18 mile track that covers 20 prehistoric and Christian sites tracing as closely as possible the ancient paths along which tin and copper were transported by people, sledges and pack animals from the mineral-rich area of St Just to the sheltered anchorage of St Ives bay

The present Tinners Way is a recreational walk beginning in the St Just area taking us across the high moors, finishing in St Ives. The route passes by ancient landmarks such as Carn Kenidjack, Chun Castle, the Iron Age settlement of Bodrifty.

It is of interest to us as a key heritage feature that embodies a rich historic, social and industrial past. It is a direct resource that can teach us a about how people lived and inform us about our present; strengthening our sense of place.

This project, and the resulting exhibition, has engaged schools and communities along the Tinner's Way, looking at the history and heritage as well more contemporary issues affecting us today. Working alongside art practitioners, historians, archaeologists and relevant experts, film makers and teachers, Volunteers of all age groups have been involved from the start.Working in partnership with galleries, museums, arts organisations and charities, visual and oral material has been developed into artwork resulting in a archive film. The exhibition will be a colourful and inspiring journey on the Tinner’s Way.


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