Archive for June, 2009

Word for the day- Palimpsestic

Posted in Just for fun, meet the geevor staff on June 3, 2009 by geevor

jo bA palimpsest is a document that has been reused by writing over the original writing, sometimes by many times.

I discovered this new word whilst being given a tour of the old slimes plant by Bill.

The buildings at Geevor show layer upon layer of use and reuse that reflect the changing techniques and fortunes of Tin Mining- they are Paimpsestic. I would feel even cleverer if it had not taken me so long to work out the correct spelling so I could check it out in the dictionary.

Luckily for the public, they were also invited in for one of Bills tours of the slimes plant and other normally unseen buildings. Bit of a difference though, as these tours were held at night. All I can say is they are braver types than I.

Rebecca’s hectic month

Posted in 1 on June 2, 2009 by geevor


Had a quick break this month – went back to uni to see my old geology friends for a reunion which highlighted that, as I work in a tin mine, I am actually one of those who continued in Geology after our degree… but don’t suppose that I’m meant to know something about rocks though! (I studied fossils – not much use here in Cornwall which has very few!)

The climax of the month at Geevor for the Learning Team though was the May half term when we cast ingots! Well… plaster of paris ingots, in our children’s workshop where we had several girls attend who were very keen. Me and Claire S, got a little too keen as well and ended up being a bit on the messy side – a mixture of plaster and silver spray paint! Hopefully there’ll be some real smelting demos during the summer which we’re also trying to organise. Plus I’ve now been trained to do the shaking table demonstrations to help out the guides when busy, so I was called to do that a couple of times as practice for the hectic summer ahead. Also, our new trail around the site seemed to be a hit, so we’ve decided to keep that going from now on and over the summer period – hopefully the secret answer won’t be spread too quickly amongst visitors! Onto June though and ‘The Giant Sleepover’ to be organised… Watch this space!

Bill’s Exploits

Posted in meet the geevor staff on June 2, 2009 by geevor

billLast week I was at the Hay Festival [which was nice . .] and I went on a really interesting guided tour around some of the industrial monuments of South Wales.  I had never realised that the industrial landscape of the entire area was completely altered following 21st October 1966 – the awful disaster at Aberfan.  Nearly every coalmine was landscaped and made safe: this was before the concept of ‘industrial heritage’ was established and large numbers of what were regarded as derelict industrial buildings were removed as part of a huge grant funded programme.  It was interesting to learn how a few people had to fight quite hard to save significant sites from the bulldozers. The ‘Big Pit’ coalmine and the Blaenavon Ironworks are now the centrepieces of an industrial heritage area that have now become parts of a World Heritage Site – just as in Cornwall, the same jokes about the Taj Mahal were made at the time.  What impressed me most was that the sites were National Museums, with free entry and direct guaranteed funding from the Welsh National Assembly.  I had wonderful fantasies about enough people in Cornwall voting the right way and independence being gained. . . or maybe we could just move Geevor to Wales. . .