Archive for May 7, 2009

What’s coming up in May…

Posted in Events on May 7, 2009 by geevor

danger-400Geevor  will be warming up for the summer season with an exciting programme of special events this month

Behind the Scenes!

For the first time ever, mine staff will be allowing visitors into a number of buildings not normally open to the public in a Behind the Scenes Tour that will allow visitors to see first hand the backstage curatorial and conservation work of a landmark heritage site.

The strong room houses maps and plans and the archive holds the paper archive from the mine, including valuable engineering instructions and the staff time books in which miners detailed working hours, productivity and pay.  Downstairs in the winderhouse, not normally accessible, there is a unique view of the huge winders from underneath.  The old stores are packed with equipment, tools and mining paraphernalia and visitors will also be able to see parts of the old mill that are usually closed because they are tricky to negotiate unaided, and Jim Vincent’s Store, the oldest building on site, which was originally built as stables for the mine’s working horses.

The tours are part of Community History Month and will take place on Wednesday 13th of May 2-4pm and Sunday 17th of May 11.30am-1.30pm. Site managers are hoping that as well as being enjoyable the experience might also inspire visitors to join the team of Geevor volunteers. The tours themselves are free and all participants will be entitled to half price site entry that day.

Mining History Trail

On Sunday 24th May, Geevor will also be reintroducing an attraction designed for mining and heritage enthusiasts. Interested visitors will be able to be buy a guide for the Mining History Trail from reception for £1.50. The pamphlet directs them beyond the mine buildings into the wider site, surrounding countryside and towards Levant Mine – home of Cornwall’s only remaining working Beam Engine – giving details and directions that will illustrate the fascinating industrial heritage of the area.

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