Cornish Mining has just launched a fantastic
new look website which focuses on visiting and exploring the ten
areas which together make up our diverse World Heritage Site
We have decided to maintain this, the original website,
alongside the new for now however, in order to retain access to the
wealth of information available relating to the World Heritage Site Bid
- including the World Heritage Site Nomination
Document, Management Plan and so forth.
To download any of these or to learn about how
we achieved World Heritage Site status, please log on to:
The new web address for this, the original site, is:
For up to date news on the World Heritage Site, please log on to
the Cornish Mining homepage:
St Agnes Museum Volunteers presented with Queen's Award
the previous announcement that volunteers at St Agnes Museum had
received a Queen's Award, Lady Mary Holborow, the Lord Lieutenant of
Cornwall and the Queen's representative, has visited the museum to
formally present the award.
On Friday July 22nd
the group of volunteers gathered at the museum where they had the
opportunity to meet Lady Mary and discuss their work in bringing the
rich history of the St Agnes area to the public.
Over refreshments Lady
Mary praised the efforts of the volunteers and had the opportunity
to experience the new interpretation materials which had recently
been installed. Achieved through the Cornish Mining World Heritage
Site's Discover the Extraordinary programme, the improvements
at St Agnes Museum are part of a £2.4 million project to enhance
mining related tourism, mostly funded by DEFRA and the European
St Agnes Museum is also a member of the Cornish Mining Attractions
Marketing Association (CMAMA) which works with the World Heritage
Site to ensure a high quality visitor experience of mining
attractions consistent with World Heritage status.
The World Heritage
Site team congratulates the St Agnes volunteers for all their
dedication in maintaining an excellent museum and wishes them every
success for the future.
For further details of St Agnes Museum please
delegation visits World Heritage Site
Representatives of an organisation bidding for World Heritage Site
status for some of Japan’s industrial
heritage travelled to Truro on the 20th July to meet the
Cornish Mining World Heritage Site team.
Governor Yuichiro Ito, Governor of the Kagoshima
Prefectural Assembly (forth from left), and a party of 30 delegates
were warmly welcomed by Cllr John Dyer, Vice Chairman Cornwall
Council, Deborah Boden, the Cornish Mining World
Heritage Site Co-ordinator, Kevin Lavery, Cornwall Council Chief
Executive, and Tom Flanagan, Corporate Director for Environment
Planning and Economy, at an official reception held at County
The Japanese bid for
WHS status comprises a ‘serial’ nomination of separate sites and
landscapes which together represent a distinctive cultural
development in the industrial history of Japan. The Cornish Mining
World Heritage Site is also a serial Site and it is hoped the
will benefit greatly from experiencing the Cornish Mining landscapes
and through learning of how our multi-area Site was nominated and
Governor Ito and other
leading delegates received a specially minted copper Cornish Penny
from Cllr Dyer as a memento of their visit, and Masuo Kaneko,
Chairperson, Kagoshima Prefectural Assembly (left), presented a
traditional Japanese craft gift in return.
Following the reception the delegation travelled to Pool to visit
the National Trust’s East Pool Mine before stopping off at the
Heartlands site at the former South Wheal Crofty, and finally King
Edward Mine, Troon. On the 21st the party travelled to
the far west of Cornwall and the World Heritage Site to visit the
outstanding coastal mines of Botallack, Levant and Geevor.
The Cornish Mining World Heritage Site team wish the
Japanese delegation every success with their bid for World Heritage
Site status and hope they will leave Cornwall with fond memories of
Minions Heritage Centre
reopens to the public
area heritage centre within the Houseman's Shaft engine
house at South Phoenix Mine has just reopened following the
installation of new visitor interpretation facilities.
the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site’s £2.5 million Discover
the Extraordinary programme of mining heritage facility and
interpretation improvements, the Minions Heritage Centre
highlights the wealth of archaeology, ecology and mining
heritage of the Caradon Hill area of Bodmin Moor.
The Centre is a free entry site located on the outskirts of
Minions village and is a great introduction to the moor and the
Caradon area of the World Heritage Site.
50.517024N Long: 4.453712W
hal, cliff & croft
Managing the historic environment on west Cornwall’s
Historic Environment department of Cornwall Council has recently
published two new works which cover the archaeology and landscape
history of west Cornwall’s heaths, downs and moors.
These volumes report on recent research on
the archaeology, historic landscapes and historic uses of west
Cornwall’s rough ground, and on how these areas and the heritage
treasures they hold can be cared for in the long term.
West Cornwall experienced considerable production of industrial
metals and these both detailed and lavishly illustrated works also
touch on the influence that this has had on the landscape, including
surface evidence of mining and the presence of mineworkers’
smallholdings - subsistence farms for families involved with mining
and quarrying. The surviving monuments to metal mining are also
featured with an emphasis on how these are conserved and presented
The volumes are now available for purchase
from Historic Environment and for details on how to order yours,
please download the book flier