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Life at the edge

Miners at Home

 

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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Housing

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The growth of the mining industry created more jobs this led to rapid population growth and the creation of new settlements. 


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Health

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Life was often short and hard for the miners.


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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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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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