Geevor Underground

modern geevor miners working undergound with machinery

Geevor Tin Mine is a 20th Century tin mine, located in an area that has been mined for thousands of years.

From the earliest times until the final closure in 1990, the price of tin played a major role in the changing fortunes of the mine.  This greatly affected the people and the landscape of the surrounding area.

Geevor can currently only show our visitors a tiny fraction of what is beneath their feet. A huge network of tunnels and stopes runs from the top of the site beyond the road down to the sea. Originally the workings stretched far out below sea level.

 
Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of the David Wills Collection held by the Geevor Archive

 

Clothing

Click to see a larger version of this imagemodern miner wearing hard hat, gloves and stell toe capped wellies

Protective clothing had a real impact on safety in the mine. 


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Victorian Mining

Click to see a larger version of this imagegroup of miners underground wearing tull hats and candles

The greatest era of mining in Cornwall was the early 19th century, when Cornwall became the world’s leading supplier of copper.


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Surveying

Click to see a larger version of this imagemen surveying

Basic surveying was probably undertaken from the time that miners started working underground, often by the miners themselves.


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Modern techniques for Breaking Rock

Click to see a larger version of this imagediagram showing the general layout of what a mine looks like below the surface including stope face, development drive and box holes

Modern mining techniques and machinery enabled large quantities of tin ore to be mined more efficiently and safely than ever before.


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Comment left by callum on 2010-06-29 15:35:24

I love the panning it is really fun and I like going underground

Comment left by Jacqueline Wall on 2011-05-02 01:32:41

I was looking for the cross-section map showing the hundreds of miles and levels of tunnels and shafts in Geevor - as in the 3 dimensional scale wooden model you have behind the glass wall near reception. I really think this would inform people more about how fantastic and HUGE a place this mine is.

 

Comment left by Phil on 2012-08-01 22:10:48

By far the best attraction in this part of Cornwall. Something for everyone, very well organised and the friendliness and passion of those who work there really makes the difference. The museum section is the only one I have ever visited anywhere in the world where NONE of the exhibits are broken! 10 out of 10.

 

Comment left by Mr &.mrs Venn on 2014-10-10 10:59:02

Best day out of our holiday. Friday 3/10/14 .

 

Comment left by Phil and Valerie Bennetts on 2017-07-10 09:50:55

Our Ancestor's brother was part-owner of the mine at one time.James Bennetts also contributed to the building of Pendeen Church with help from Matthias Rodda, 150 years later you have know idea how we appreciate the effort made to keep History alive for us all,who return to our Motherland

 

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