Oral History Archive
Nearly 20 years ago former Geevor miner Cyril Honey and the Geevor Learning Department began to conduct recorded interviews with former miners and characters from the local area. This exhibition samples some of those moments spent sharing in times of the past.
The interviews cover various topics from mining, fishing, farming, war and how the area has changed over the years.
Using Soundcloud as a platform, Geevor will begin to release recordings online, available to all. The mine is hugely indebted to Cyril for the many hours of work he put in to creating well over 100 recordings over a 15 year period and to all those who shared their memories and stories.
Below is a taster of what is to come!
Former Geevor winder driver Maurice Trembath talks to Cyril Honey about changing the winder ropes at Geevor Tin Mine.
Former Geevor miner Cyril Honey talks to Geevor's learning team member Marc Cragg about his life and times at Geevor Tin Mine
Former shaft master Eric Gale talks to Geevor's learning team member Marc Cragg about his life and times at Geevor Tin Mine
Matilda Kneebone recounts Bal Maidens singing in Tolvadden Valley, tales of ghosts, gunpowder, singing and dancing.
Aged 101, Elizabeth Olds recounts family life in St Just and moving to South Africa as a child with her father who worked in the gold mines.
Alan Jones (AJ)
Former Geevor miner Alan Jones (AJ) talks to Geevor's learning team member Marc Cragg about his life and times at Geevor and his return as a tour guide.
Eddie Strick talks to Cyril Honey about his work underground, includes developing the sub-incline shaft with the trak-header. After falling behind his contract he worked 12 hour shifts, 7 days a week.
The digitisation of the Oral History Archive and this online exhibition are part of the Tin Coast Events Programme, commissioned by the Tin Coast Partnership and Cornwall 365. The Tin Coast Partnership is comprised of businesses and community groups who are interested in working together to plan for visitors to the local area so that our economy thrives, in balance with our the local community, preserves and reveres our local heritage and culture, and protects our local landscape and natural environment so it can thrive in years to come. Cornwall 365 is a creative consultancy which promotes Cornwall as a year-round, sustainable cultural destination.
Visit our Soundcloud page for more information and recordings. https://soundcloud.com/geevor-tin-mine