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I’m going Christmas crackers!!

Posted in Events, Geevor, Just for fun on December 14, 2009 by geevor

So its that time of year….again, with all the lovely weather we have been having we have discovered new leaks in the roofs (due to sideways rain) and that it is possible for it to be colder on the inside of a building that outside!

But then, ’tis the season to be jolly, and we have some real treats this Christmas. All the action is happening on the 21st December when Santa is including us in his busy scedule and dropping by with lots of great presents. You can catch him in his mining Grotto in the building opposite the cafe to get your free gift and to put a good word in for the big day!

I am also on a Christmas biscuit making mission, this idea is either genius or very very messy. As part of the traditional Christmas tree decorating activities we are offering on Monday, there is also the chance to decorate your own biscuit with a wonderful array of coloured icing and edible sparkly things!!  As I said I may live to regret this as small children have the habit of decorating themselves in icing given the chance!

 Its all FREE so please come and join in child or not,  we need our tree decorating !!

Claire signing off for now….. hope you have a joyful Christmas and productive New Year…. well, its what I am aiming for anyway!

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upcoming events!

Posted in Events on July 18, 2009 by geevor

July

In July Geevor is opening on Saturdays! you can now visit Geevor 7 days a week!

Sunday 19th. Guided Ancient Archaeology Walk.

Join National Trust Archaeologist Paul Bonnington at Geevor for a two-and-a-half hour guided walk to explore the prehistoric fogous and landscape at Boscaswell and Pendeen.  1pm. £5 per person which includes a voucher for half-price site entrance. Weather permitting.

Sunday 26th. Guided Industrial Archaeology Walk.

Join local mining experts for a two-hour walk to explore the industrial archaeology of Geevor and the surrounding areas. 11am. £5 per person which includes a voucher for half-price site entrance. Numbers are limited so please book in advance. Weather permitting. Max Number 25.

Monday 27th July. Miners’ tale and Hand drilling.

Listen to a twenty-minute talk on an interesting aspect of mining history., 1130am. No booking required. Free with site admission.

A chance to have a go at hand drilling, hand barrowing and crushing rock using a bucking iron. Supervised by Geevor staff. Free with site admission. Suitable for all ages (except those using a bucking iron must be over 8yrs). All children must be accompanied by a paying adult. No booking required. Between 2pm and 3pm.

Tuesday 28th Sword in the Stone demonstrations.

Neil Burridge, Bronze-Age Metalworker and Celtic Craftsman, shows how to cast a Bronze-Age sword and how this ancient metal was worked.Tuesday 28th July 12pm and 230pm. No booking required. Free with site admission.

Wednesday 29th.  Miners’ tale and Hand drilling.

Listen to a twenty-minute talk on an interesting aspect of mining history. 1130am. No booking required. Free with site admission.

A chance to have a go at hand drilling, hand barrowing and crushing rock using a bucking iron. Supervised by Geevor staff. Free with site admission. Suitable for all ages (except those using a bucking iron must be over 8yrs). All children must be accompanied by a paying adult. No booking required.. Between 2pm and 3pm.

Thursday 30th July. Miners’ tale and Hand drilling.

Listen to a twenty-minute talk on an interesting aspect of mining history. 1130am. No booking required. Free with site admission.

A chance to have a go at hand drilling, hand barrowing and crushing rock using a bucking iron. Supervised by Geevor staff. Free with site admission. Suitable for all ages (except those using a bucking iron must be over 8yrs). All children must be accompanied by a paying adult. No booking required. Between 2pm and 3pm.

Friday 31st July. Sword in the Stone demonstrations.

Neil Burridge, Bronze-Age Metalworker and Celtic Craftsman, shows how to cast a Bronze-Age sword and how this ancient metal was worked.Friday 31st July 12pm and 230pm . No booking required. Free with site admission.

Wildlife Photography Competition

Posted in Events, Hard Rock Gallery, Just for fun on July 14, 2009 by geevor

HeatherDo you enjoy taking photographs?

To celebrate the wealth of plant, animal and insect life at Geevor Tin Mine, we are running a photo competition. Simply submit a digital photo of an  aspect of wildlife on the site for your chance to win a prize and also to have your photo included in an exhibition alongside wildlife photograph experts.

Rules of entry:

It is not open to professional photographers. There are two categories, 16 and under, and over 16. Photos have to be of Geevor or immediate surroundings. The theme is biodiversity covering all aspects of plants, animals, fish or insect life. It is not a requirement to feature the mine buildings. The competition will be judged according to artistic merit. No cost for entry. Photos must be supplied digitally as a jpeg (maximum file size 8mb) at the following size and resolution: 420mm x 279mm at 300dpi (4961×3508 pixels). Note that the photo can be portrait or landscape.All entries must be submitted digitally and sent to the email address hardrockgallery@geevor.com All entires will receive an email of confirmation of receipt.

Closing date of Sunday 20th September.

so get snappy!

Judges decision final. Exhibition will run until Spring 2010. We will endeavour to include all entrants in our exhibition gallery big screen. We will display 10 runners up and the winners from each category for the duration of our Wildlife on the edge exhibition. By entering this competition, you are agreeing to allow Geevor Tin Mine to use your photograph for the purposes of publicity, education and exhibition.

Bish Bash Bosh

Posted in Events on May 13, 2009 by geevor

surfing tommies A4 no text-1 copySurfing Tommies at Geevor

Described as Cornish National Theatre at its very best, local theatre company, Bish Bash Bosh, is set to perform its latest production, ‘Surfing Tommies’, on the tin floors of Geevor Tin Mine’s old processing mill.

The one-off performance of Alan M Kent’s rousing new play is due to take place on Tuesday, June 9th at  Geevor, beginning at 7.30pm.

Set around the First World War, the drama follows the lives of three members of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry on an incredible journey from the mines of Cornwall to the fields of Flanders and home again. Along the way they meet mazed beauties, mad male-voice choirs and the first surfers neatly taking to the waves on coffin lids.

Though set in the early twentieth century, this darkly mischievous play makes comment on current conflicts around the world, and what it is like to be away from where you were brought up.

Tickets for the play cost £7, £6 concessions and £5 for children under 16 and are available from the mine’s reception. For more details contact 01736 788662.

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.

Want to know more? then contact us 01736788662  or at bookings@geevor.com

The Night Shift

Posted in Events on April 23, 2009 by geevor

victory headgear in moonlightGeevor is offering a unique and atmospheric opportunity to experience what it was like to be a miner on The Night Shift. Cool!

As part of the national Museums at Night campaign, Geevor (the only museum in the South West participating so everyone has no choice you must come!) we’ll be touring the mine buildings on Friday, May 15th between 8.30pm-10pm.

What can you see at Night? the night shift at Geevor which mainly involved hauling ore up Victory Shaft and processing it in the mill, so it was noisy, dirty and hard work.   it will be a completely different atmosphere to the daytime feel of the site, now you can get first hand experience of what the night shift workers must have felt when the site was a working tin mine.

The tour will pass through a selection of buildings including the mill, compressor house and winder house, all of which operated at night, as well as the dry – the miners changing room, which, still full of personal possessions and mining paraphernalia, has been preserved as it would have been before the mine stopped production.

“This is an entirely different experience to visiting the mine during the day,”

“At night every creak and rattle tells its own story.”

Bill Lakin, Chair

The tour is recommended for those over seven years and it is essential to bring your own torch. Tickets cost £5 and should be booked in advance by telephone 01736 788662.

Sneak Preview: Geevor Then & Now

Posted in Events, Hard Rock Gallery, News on March 26, 2009 by geevor

cimg1299We are all preparing for the New Hard Rock Gallery exhibtion, and Jo W the curator allowed me to sneak in with my camera.  So here is a sneaky peek of us setting up the new exhibition entitled Geevor Then & Now!

The exhibition tries to highlight some of the changes that have taken place on the site over time. The photos look brilliant! There isn’t an opening date yet, but if we get it mounted and up in time in could be open tomorrow! Friday 27th March 2009. as soon as i have more details i will let you know!

Geevor Then & Now Coming Soon!

the sticky vinyl man putting up the title

the sticky vinyl man putting up the finishing touches to the exhibition title

trial and error photo placement

trial and error photo placement

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