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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!

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 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.

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.

Get excited about Geevor!

Posted in Geevor, Just for fun, meet the geevor staff on April 28, 2009 by geevor

following on from ‘be excited about tin mining’ comes a list of:


10 reasons to get exicted about Geevor!

Jo w the curator came up with these:

1.       It’s real

2.       It’s about people

3.       It’s about a community

4.       Some of the old miners still work here

5.       Most of the buildings survive

6.       It’s got amazing views

7.       It epitomizes Cornwall’s former industrial glory

8.       It more than likely supplied the tin for all tins of beans for about fifty years (questionable but sounds good to me!)

9.       It ‘s a gateway to the World  Heritage Site

10.     You get to go underground

why do you get excited about Geevor?

‘be excited about tin mining’

Posted in Geevor, Just for fun, meet the geevor staff on April 28, 2009 by geevor

claire rso I have been very excited by museums and the web (see previous posts), and everything that entails,  and after going on a rant to my new found friend Frankie Roberto all about Geevor…. and his ever so eloquently put ‘be excited about tin mining’ speech, several things occurred:

  • Geevor now exists in quite a few peoples minds (even if they don’t know how to pronounce it)
  • we are getting coverage (well mentions anyway) from all sorts of angles: here, here and here (@culture24 we love you)
  • I am even more enthusiastic about what Geevor can do with the web!
  • But that’s not all we’re about.  so I’m going to go back to basics and tell you ten reasons why you should:




tin mining!

  1. Tin is one of the rarest metals in the world – and Cornwall is one of the few places where you can find it. ..
  2. tin miners had interesting names for tools, like; a banjo shovel (a shovel that looks like a banjo), a kibble (a egg shaped really big bucket to hoist the tin ore out of the mine), and a big hit (a big sledge hammer)
  3. Tin was one of the earliest metals known to man, the history
    of its production from its ores going back at least
    5000 years.
  4. Tin is really useful! Tin mixed with copper makes bronze and you can find both metals in Cornwall. Bronze was one of the first metal alloys  – so without it we’d still be in the Stone Age . . .
  5. Tin changed the food industry for ever! The TIN CAN! was invented in 1810 by Peter Durand. Food could now be preserved and transported much more easily
  6. Tin is in… Circuit boards, Sony Playstations, mp3 players, mobile phones, organ pipes, toothpaste…
  7. It’s full of mystery: Are the legends about tin true? Did Jesus visit Cornwall with tin traders from the Mediterranean? Did St. Piran float across the Irish Sea on a millstone and discover tin? Did traders buy tin at St. Michael’s Mount?
  8. In 1831 William Bickford invented a safety fuse – a cord containing a fine core of gunpowder that burned at regular rate of 60cm (2ft) per minute. The fuse was waterproof, robust and reliable, making blasting easier and much safer. It was one of Cornwall’s major contributions to mining and is still used all over the world
  9. The Cornish mining industry played a key role in the diffusion of both metal mining and steam technology around the globe.
  10. Tin miners used equipment and machines that were big and noisy! and quite dangerous

That’s just some of the reasons why i get excited about tin mining! There are lots more! There’s another world right under your feet – you can find out about it at Geevor . . .

how 3 museum learning professionals deal with a mouse…

Posted in Just for fun on April 22, 2009 by geevor

Had a very interesting day, The task list of the day became too much, its always the way after an impromtu lunch on the picnic tables…on the spur of the moment we decided to have a reorganisation of the office.

and this happened:

how do 3 musuem learning professionals deal with a mouse? with umbrellas, a mop, and a ice cream tub of course! and then came a spider…

we do do very important museum stuff at Geevor. honestly.

When on Google Earth, No 7

Posted in Just for fun with tags on March 2, 2009 by geevor


Q: What is When on Google Earth?
A: It’s a game for archaeologists, or anybody else willing to have a go!

Q: How do you play it?
A: Simple, you try to identify the site in the picture.

Q: Who wins?
A: The first person to correctly identify the site, including its major period of occupation, wins the game.

Q: What does the winner get?
A: The winner gets bragging rights and the chance to host the next When on Google Earth on his/her own blog!

Like so much in archaeology, this game comes to us from our methodological cousins in geology. Shawn Graham adopted their game, and modified it for our use at whenonge #1. Chuck Jones had the first correct answer, and then hosted whenonge #2. The mysterious and elusive PDD got #2 right but never claimed his prize, so Chuck struck back with whenonge #2.1. Paul Zimmerman got the correct answer to #2.1 and hosted whenonge # 3. Heather Baker got the correct answer to #3 and hosted whenonge # 4, and Jason Ur won and hosted of whenonge # 5 . Dan Diffendale won that,  #6 was hosted on whenonge #6 and i won this! so here we are… be the first to correctly identify the site above and its major period of occupation in the comments below and you can host your own!