Life at the Edge

cliff edge view, looking out to sea

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

Cornwall was one of Europe’s earliest industrial regions, with a scattered industrial society. For hundreds of years, people in Cornwall have made their living from mining.  As demand for tin rose and fell so did Cornwall's population. Mining communities were spread out among the small towns throughout the Cornish countryside. These mining areas have a strong sense of community and identity.

 

Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of the Geevor Archive

 

Pumpmen

Click to see a larger version of this imagepumpman checking the pumps underground

Pumpmen worked mostly underground ensuring that the pumps which kept the mine dry and free of flooding were kept in good order.


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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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Mine Managers

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In order for a mine to work effectively a team of workers is the key to success.


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Mill workers

Click to see a larger version of this imagemill worker inspecting some equipment

The Mill was a large building in which a series of often complicated processes took place.


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Comment left by ded1977 on 2010-03-01 22:21:04

i went on the underground tour and loved it the guide is / was an old mine worker and was full of infomation i would recommend this tour to all but those that are claustrophobic as the mine is very tight and small under ground but you can stay outside or walk aroun the rest of the museum well worth the money

Comment left by NorthernMetallurgist on 2011-09-09 01:03:49

A stupendous industrial and social history record, with some real heart rending moments. Best value day out in Cornwall? You bet your a***, True grit of working live at half the price of other "more widely talked about, plant based attractions...."

 

Comment left by tromboneplayaa on 2011-09-29 12:23:42

awesomeee

 

Comment left by Paul Mills on 2013-03-05 21:01:50

My wife and I visited in February and the whole day was very interesting and well worth the visit. I was very proud of my wife who insisted on doing the underground tour even though she is disabled, even a fit person would find being underground difficult. Our guide was very informative and interesting.

 

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