Delving Deeper

What are you interested in?

The Cornish Mining landscapes are rich with history.  Whether you are interested in the geology of the area which formed the foundations of the mining industry, the people who made their livings from it or the huge technological advances it brought about – delve deeper and find out more in this section. 

You can also find out more about Cornish mining and the impact it had on the world by accessing our 'Celebrating World Heritage' website.

Geology, rocks, minerals

Millions of years in the making, the story of the treasures hidden deep underground, where they are found and why they are so sought after is a fascinating journey of discovery.

Dig down to uncover where it all began

Mining processes

Do you know how a bal maiden bucked? Or what worked a whim? Or where you’d find the dressing floor? Discover how much more there is to mining than just digging a huge hole in the ground.

Follow the ore from the rock to railway

The infrastructure to support mining processes

Everywhere you go in Cornwall, there’s physical evidence of a region shaped by mining. Roads, railways, towns and harbours were all developed to support and expand this crucial industry. 

See how mining shaped lives and landscapes

Mining characters and society

From terraced cottages to grand stately homes, rugby to rhododendrons – the stories of lives lived around mining reveal the successes and struggles of Cornish communities. 

Look into the lives of real Cornish miners

Did you know?

Driving development

The thousands of ordinary Cornish men, women and children who worked at the mines helped produce the industrial metals which drove Britain’s Industrial Revolution.

The spread of Cornish mining around the globe

Cornwall has long been known as a starting point for famous sea journeys and adventures – but some of the most extraordinary stories are those of ordinary miners seeking fortune far and wide.

Take a trip with mining machinery and manpower

Inventions and technological advances

Spurred on by the promise of great riches and the rigours of intellectual rivalry, the engineers and inventors who stepped up to the challenges of mining in Cornwall helped shape the modern world.

Discover centuries of Cornish innovation