The Mining Industry in and around St. Ives thrived in the 18th century when Cornwall was the mining centre of the world. Relive the hayday and witness the downfall of Cornwall's most lucrative industry with our interactive and informative displays.
Mining tools, from hand drills to pneumatic powered drills, with accompanying photographs, display vividly the harshness of conditions for the underground miner of years long past. Tools and equipment, from once-flooded workings deep underground, hold testimony to the miners who worked to win the metals from the hard rocks of Cornwall. Mines both local and more distant ones in this county are here represented.