Guest Post: Ben Vidler

One of our lovely student placements!

My name is Ben and I am a first year history student at Exeter University. Through the public history module, I came to choose Geevor as the preferred site at which to work. Background research had identified Geevor as one of the last mines to close, surviving into the 1990s. When working at Geevor, I was assigned to the Hard Rock Museum, where I was asked to analyse the audio-visual elements around the exhibits, and evaluate how they aided in the conveying of information to the public. The most engaging and informative audio-visual aspects were very successful in passing on knowledge, and these were; The Lode Model, Big Bang to Lode animation, Stope Model and The Geevor Film. Through these audio-visual exhibits I gained an insight into the history of Geevor, the lives of miners that worked there and the processes that they carried out in the mining of tin ore. Overall, my visit was very informative and entertaining, and was aided well by the staff, especially Nick Thomas.

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