Spotlight on Mining Heritage

Project set to shine a light on mining heritage

April 2011

A project to increase the appeal of the World Heritage mining
landscape and attractions in Cornwall and West Devon has completed
key pieces of its work.

An extension of the underground tour at Geevor Tin Mine and
major improvements to Poldark Mine are among the activities
undertaken by the Discover the Extraordinary project.

Selected mining landscapes across Cornwall and west Devon were
inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006, placing Cornwall
and west Devon’s historic mining heritage on a par with such
international treasures as Stonehenge, the Taj Mahal and the Great
Wall of China.

Last year, this work was taken a step further when Discover the
Extraordinary was named as one of six projects in the Sustainable
Rural Tourism Programme. The Programme aims to attract more than
300,000 extra overnight visitors into the South West each year by
focusing on the opportunities for tourists – to the benefit of the
region’s businesses and residents – to make the most of its key
landscapes and features.

More than £14 million is being provided for the Programme by a
grant from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), with
a further £4 million contributed by the private sector and
organisations leading delivery of the projects.

Achievements by the Discover the Extraordinary project since
then include:

• Creating visitor interpretation and orientation at 11
visitor gateway attractions to the World Heritage Site

• Extending the underground tour for visitors at Geevor Tin
Mine which explores very atmospheric 18th century underground
• Developing new winder and compressor houses at King Edward
Mine Museum, including new displays about how Cornish mining
technology helped transform mining throughout the world

• Making major improvements at Poldark Mine, including a
new exhibition about the diaspora of Cornish miners overseas

• Funding the creation of a visitor reception building at
Godolphin, a house and estate recently acquired by the National
Trust and steeped in Cornish mining history

• Developing new downloadable audio trails including trails
for families

• Drawing up a visitor charter for the Cornish Mining World
Heritage Site, focusing on reducing visitors’ carbon

You can see more about the Sustainable Rural Tourism Programme and
its six projects, including Discover the Extraordinary, on the
RDPE website