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'Cornish Mining'- the newsletter for the World Heritage Site                                                                                                          
        Updated: 13/09/11

New Cornish Mining website!

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

St Agnes Museum - © Ainsley CocksFollowing 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 Union.

Improved visitor interpretation at St Agnes Museum - © Sam Hussaini      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 see:     


Japanese 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.Japanese World Heritage Site delegation including Yuichiro Ito, Governor Kagoshima Prefectural Assembly, (forth from left) receiving Cornish Pennies - Ainsley Cocks © Cornwall Council

     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 Hall.

     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 Masuo Kaneko, Chairperson Kagoshima Prefectural Assembly, presenting gift to Cllr John Dyer - Ainsley Cocks © Cornwall Councildelegates will benefit greatly from experiencing the Cornish Mining landscapes and through learning of how our multi-area Site was nominated and inscribed.

     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.

The copper Cornish Penny presented to leaders of the Japanese delegation - Ainsley Cocks © Cornwall Council

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 their visit.


The Minions Heritage Centre, Minions - © Ainsley Cocks

Minions Heritage Centre reopens to the public

The Minions 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.

     Part of 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 new visitor interpretation at the Minions Heritage Centre - Silvia Dunn © Cornwall Council







     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.

     Visit the Centre at:

     NGR: SX 26144 71458

     Lat: 50.517024N  Long: 4.453712W



New publications

Goon, hal, cliff & croft

Peter Dudley

Managing the historic environment on west Cornwall’s rough ground

Graeme Kirkham

The 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 today.

     The volumes are now available for purchase from Historic Environment and for details on how to order yours, please download the book flier here.


Mine & Yours - World Heritage Site activity guide and website

The Mine & Yours activity guide is designed to introduce you to the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. It suggests exciting 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.

Pick up your copy now!

            The 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.

To find out more please visit:


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WHS Press Contacts


Miles Davis, Communications Officer, Cornwall Council: 01872 324423


Paula Miles, Devon County Council Media and PR Officer: 01392 383290
Alison Stoneham, West Devon Borough Council Media Officer: 01822 813648

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