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

 

Under the Sea

Click to see a larger version of this imagesealing the breach under the sea

As early as the 18th Century the workings at Levant mine, to the west of Geevor, stretched out below the sea bed. 


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Explosives

Click to see a larger version of this imagevictorian miner preparing for blasting using explosives

Blasting with gunpowder enabled larger quantities of rock to be broken, but it was also a risk for those involved.


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Victory Shaft

Click to see a larger version of this imagevictory headgear

The sinking of Victory Shaft began in 1919.


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 Early Methods for Breaking Rock Underground

Click to see a larger version of this imagetwo pare workers hand drilling

In order to extract the tin ore, the hard rock had to be broken.


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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 .

 

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