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Hard Rock Museum

hard rock musuem view of the Peninusla of minerals gallery

Hard Rock Museum is a colourful and engaging museum, which will introduce you to the rest of the site.

Hard Rock Museum is a brand new museum which tells the story of mining at Geevor. The new museum is located in what was the Top fitting shop.

In the new museum, you can find out why tin is found here at Geevor and why Cornwall in general is rich in metals and minerals. Colourful and unique mineral specimens and displays highlight what was found over the centuries right under your feet and what these metals and minerals and were used for. The museum also looks at Cornwall’s mining heritage and how mining has shaped the environment and landscape of our County.

The museum boasts a replica of a working section underground called aStope which helps to explain the process of mining underground. In 1991 the modern mine was flooded to sea level gradually when the pumps keeping the mine dry were switched off. Walking into this life-size reconstruction is the next best thing. Equipment used in blasting and drilling are on display as well as diagrams and maps explaining the layout of the many miles of tunnels underground. Getting the ore to the surface is also featured and the museum acts a signpost to other buildings onsite where the work actually happened.

Once at the surface, the ore was processed to become tin concentrate. This was a complex scientific process explained by a series of hands-on interactives. Turn handles to see how jaw crushers crushed and press buttons to see a magnet in action. Here you can also find out more about the social history of Geevor, how the wars affected its fortunes and how the mine grew as the price of tin increased.

The Hard Rock Gallery is a temporary exhibitions space which will host a programme of changing exhibitions. Opening with an exhibition of mining paintings by the renowned artist Kurt Jackson, the current exhibition relates to images of Geevor then and now.

 

Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of Pat Comber and Bernie Petterson, 360 panorama reproduced with the kind permission of Plymouth Univeristy.

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