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World Heritage Site Exhibitions

World Heritage Exhibitions Cornish Mining

Heartlands was born out of the former mining complex at Robinson’s Shaft in the village of Pool, part of the mining heart of Cornwall.

The Camborne and Redruth area that surrounds Heartlands was designated World Heritage Site status in 2006 by UNESCO as part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape. This accolade means it’s recognized as having cultural importance on a global level, like the Acropolis in Athens and the Taj Mahal in India. 

Heartlands is officially a key gateway site to the other mining attractions in the area such as East Pool Mine and King Edward mine as well as actively supporting other WHS mining attractions in Cornwall such as Geevor and Poldark.

At one time, when tin was the most wanted metal on Earth, Cornwall and its miners ruled the world. Their skills were sought across the globe. Cornishmen were at the forefront of the California Gold Rush and they’ve taught many a miner how to drill miles underground and out to sea. In short, they changed the course of engineering and mining history.  To celebrate this status, Heartlands has commissioned a series of mould-breaking exhibitions that tell the story of the rise and fall of the tin mining industry in Cornwall in a way that makes you feel like you were there.

The exhibitions include:

  • Geology wall and experiment tables – become a geologist and find out how the experts extract precious stone and metal from the rocks
  • Social history soundscape – hear stories from those who worked on and in the mines, find out how hot it really got and discover the initiation rituals that first-timers had to stomach
  • Electric and steam winders and boilers – epic in size and importance
  • Robinson's Engine House - shielding the last Cornish Engine to work on a Cornish mine from the Cornish weather
  • 270° film projection – stand in awe as we take you on a journey through Cornwall’s mining history with our powerful Frame of Mined film that completely wraps around you
  • Interactive map of Cornwall – uncover other attractions and places of interest in Cornwall with our special map

Entry to the exhibitions is free and can be accessed through the Visitor Centre from Robinson’s Courtyard (opposite the Red River Café).

Red River Café

From homemade pasties to delicious sandwiches, the Red River Café offers fresh bistro-style food in the beautiful surroundings of the old carpenter's workshop.

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