Cornish Mining

old photo showing cornish mining in production with smoking chimney

The landscape and identity of Cornwall as we know it today have been shaped by centuries of mining.

As far back as the Bronze Age, around 4000 years ago, people began to work the land in search of tin, copper and other metals.

The greatest era of mining in Cornwall was the early 19th century, when Cornwall became the world’s leading supplier of copper. By around 1860 overseas suppliers had taken over, and tin became Cornwall’s most important metal export. Over the years, the ever-changing fortunes of the mining industry brought great prosperity for some, but great poverty for many others.

 

 

Tin

Click to see a larger version of this imageold photo of cornish mining at Geevor

 

Tin production in the Devon and Cornwall dates from antiquity.


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Tamar Valley with Tavistock

Click to see a larger version of this imageMorwellham areial view

The mines of this district worked an important group of tin and copper lodes.  


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Dynamite

Click to see a larger version of this imagedynamite explosives copyright Pat Comber

By 1870 a new high explosive, dynamite, invented by Alfred Nobel, became increasingly popular.


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Techniques taken around the World

Click to see a larger version of this imageCousin Jack Moonta poster copyright the Geevor Archive

Cornwall pioneered the transfer of the British industrial revolution overseas.


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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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