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Underground - Overground

Exhibition with an underground focus at Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen

Underground - Overground Exhibition at Geevor Tin Mine © Geevor Tin MineEver wondered what a plan of the underground mining areas at Geevor might look like? Or why and how they were made? This fascinating exhibition at Geevor Tin Mine tells the story of these underground plans, with photographs and information to help you locate what’s left on the surface today.

     There are over 3,000 historic maps and plans in the archive at Geevor Tin Mine and for the last three years volunteers have worked painstakingly to catalogue this collection.

     Thanks to the British Geological Survey, it has been possible to have this collection digitally scanned, and this exhibition displays full-sized prints of some of these plans and tells the interesting stories associated with them. The St Just Mines Research Group has also been crucial in aiding the research efforts.

     The exhibition also includes a chance to find out about how a wrong calculation when drawing an underground plan led to the 1893 Wheal Owles mining disaster and the loss of 20 lives, as well as a look at how close the miners worked to the sea bed under Levant and Geevor Mines.

The exhibition will run until Christmas 2011 and for further information on Geevor Tin Mine, please see: www.geevor.com or call: 01736 788662


Exhibitions                                    There are no World Heritage Site produced exhibitions being held currently

Cornish Mining at Paddington Station, November 2006. Image: Lucia Griggi © Cornwall Council

In November 2006 the newly inscribed Cornish Mining World Heritage Site staged an installation of giant promotional hoardings on Platform 8 of Paddington Station, London. Follow this link to the dedicated website for this major display.


Cornish Mining Cultural Events

Following a sell-out tour of Cornwall in 2009, Iron Shoes and Bish Bash Bosh Productions are touring their award-winning production, SURFING TOMMIES nationally from 23 May - 23 July 2011.

     Set during and in the aftermath of the First World War, SURFING TOMMIES tells the story of three Cornish tin miners whose lives are blown apart when they all leave behind the place they know and love for the fields of Flanders and the atrocities of trench warfare.

     ‘...this performance hit its audience as hard as enemy machine guns hit those brave enough to go over the top at the Somme, such was the standard of performance that there was hardly a dry eye in the house.’ (The Cornishman 02.07.09)

     Partly based on real events, SURFING TOMMIES is written by Cornish writer Alan M. Kent and won the 'Hoyler An Gof' award for best piece of poetry or drama in 2010.

     Surfing Tommies is a poignant tale of war and friendship, but ultimately one of redemption, forgiveness and hope. Though set in the early twentieth century, this darkly mischievous play makes comment on current conflicts around the world, and what it is like to be away from where you d'belong t'be.

'Cornish National touring theatre at its very best.' (Surfing Tommies 2009)

     Please click here for tour dates, and here to view the Surfing Tommies' promotional video.


Previous events and exhibitions

Gonamena promotional image © Rob Frost'Gonamena' - now available on DVD!

          Following the very successful run of performances at the Sterts Theatre in the summer Gonamena is now being made available to the public on a specially produced DVD filmed at one of the sellout shows.

Gonamena is the story of a Cornish family and community living through an extreme time of irreversible change. Set in the stunning Gonamena Valley and the mining landscape of the Caradon Hill area, the story focuses on ‘Gonamena’, the home of one family as they face up to the epic challenge of rapid transformation, and the accompanying loss and hope, during the mining boom and bust of the late 1800s.

Written by local writer, Simon Parker, the play is based on real events and evokes the emotional turmoil and extremes of opinion amongst the frontier-like existence of the many thousands of people that descended on the valley during the high of the copper ore mining period.

The majority of the actors, creative team and technical crew are from the immediate Caradon Hill area and have worked alongside professionals from Cornwall to bring this moving and captivating tale to life.

Gonamena was presented as part of the Darke Visions Festival, running from spring 2009 to summer 2010, which celebrates the life and legacy of Nick Darke - Cornwall’s foremost playwright and was directed by Simon Harvey with original music composed and conducted by Simon Dobson.

If you would like to order one or more copies of Gonamena please send a cheque / cash or postal order for £10 per copy (£8.50 + £1.50 postage and packaging) to:

Ian Bucknole
32 Treffry Road

PayPal can also be accepted and please email ian_tinfish@hotmail.com if you would like to use this.


NEW!    Mine & Yours - activity guide and website

The Mine & Yours activity guide is designed to introduce you to the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. It suggests places to see and things to do – from museums to cycle trails to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – along with details about getting there, eating and drinking and even dog friendliness.

            The new World Heritage Site Activity Guide and the 'Mine Traveller' interactive display          

The guide (priced at £6.99) can be ordered by post or purchased from all good bookshops across Cornwall and west Devon.

Find out more @ www.cornishmining.com/mineandyours