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Cornish Mining

Cornish Mining the Basics

 

Cages

Click to see a larger version of this imageMining Cage with men copyright Royal Institution of Cornwall

A rugged type of lift to transport the miners up and down the near vertical shafts.


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Removing Water

Click to see a larger version of this imageRemoving Water, Wheal Hermon pump copyright Geevor Archive

Leather buckets and manpower were used to drain these early mines.


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Steam Power

Click to see a larger version of this imageworking steam engine copyright the Royal Institution of Cornwall

Steam power was once the prime source of power for most mines, providing energy for pumping, winding and transport. 


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Steam Engines

Click to see a larger version of this imageold steam engine copyright the Royal Institution of Cornwall

Steam engines work by using heat to turn a small amount of water into a lot of steam which expands rapidly and powerfully.


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Comment left by ruby on 2010-01-14 14:54:49

I visited in 2008 and I thought it was very good!! I liked the tour of the mine espesaly!But I think that thete should have been more interactiv things in the museum!

Comment left by ruby on 2010-01-14 14:57:33

i visited in 2008 with my family .We all thought that the tour round the mine was the best part .but there should have been more interactiv stuff for kids!!!!

 

Comment left by Bethan Jones on 2012-02-22 21:02:32

I visted a few years ago and it was great the tour was amazing and i love the mine and i cant wait to go again!!!

 

Comment left by Mary Ann on 2012-09-28 16:02:24

Toured the Geevor Mine and Museum in September 2012 and found it fascinating. Some Cornish miners settled in my county in Maryland in the 1850s to work in the copper mines.

 

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