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Geevor Underground

Drilling and Blasting

 

Victorian Mining

Click to see a larger version of this imagegroup of miners underground wearing tull hats and candles

The greatest era of mining in Cornwall was the early 19th century, when Cornwall became the world’s leading supplier of copper.


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 Early Methods for Breaking Rock Underground

Click to see a larger version of this imagetwo pare workers hand drilling

In order to extract the tin ore, the hard rock had to be broken.


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Modern techniques for Breaking Rock

Click to see a larger version of this imagediagram showing the general layout of what a mine looks like below the surface including stope face, development drive and box holes

Modern mining techniques and machinery enabled large quantities of tin ore to be mined more efficiently and safely than ever before.


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Explosives

Click to see a larger version of this imagevictorian miner preparing for blasting using explosives

Blasting with gunpowder enabled larger quantities of rock to be broken, but it was also a risk for those involved.


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Comment left by callum on 2010-06-29 15:35:24

I love the panning it is really fun and I like going underground

Comment left by Jacqueline Wall on 2011-05-02 01:32:41

I was looking for the cross-section map showing the hundreds of miles and levels of tunnels and shafts in Geevor - as in the 3 dimensional scale wooden model you have behind the glass wall near reception. I really think this would inform people more about how fantastic and HUGE a place this mine is.

 

Comment left by Phil on 2012-08-01 22:10:48

By far the best attraction in this part of Cornwall. Something for everyone, very well organised and the friendliness and passion of those who work there really makes the difference. The museum section is the only one I have ever visited anywhere in the world where NONE of the exhibits are broken! 10 out of 10.

 

Comment left by Mr &.mrs Venn on 2014-10-10 10:59:02

Best day out of our holiday. Friday 3/10/14 .

 

Comment left by Phil and Valerie Bennetts on 2017-07-10 09:50:55

Our Ancestor's brother was part-owner of the mine at one time.James Bennetts also contributed to the building of Pendeen Church with help from Matthias Rodda, 150 years later you have know idea how we appreciate the effort made to keep History alive for us all,who return to our Motherland

 

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