Quality of Cornish mining organisations recognised
World Heritage Site Office, together with Poldark Mine and
King Edward Mine, have been admitted as members of the 'Europamines'
network in recognition of their work to preserve and celebrate
Cornwall's mining history. A Research Fellow from the
Institute of Cornish Studies, at Exeter University, was also
The Europamines group includes important mining heritage
organisations from Italy, Spain, the Republic of Ireland and
Poland and membership was awarded on the basis of the huge
contribution made by the County Council and the organisations
to the international understanding of mine site conservation
and preservation. It also reflects the high international
regard for the World Heritage Site Bid, which is addressing
the economic, educational and environmental potential of our
world class mining heritage.
Deborah Boden, the World Heritage Site co-ordinator said:
"The Cornish organisations accepted by Europamines
have secured membership due to the quality of their previous
work and their commitment to improving standards and working
together. Membership of Europamines continues a long tradition
of working with partners in Europe."
Current Europamines projects, funded by Europe include updating
and republishing the 'Conservation of Mine Sites'
guidance, originally produced by the Cornwall Archaeology
Unit, in other languages. Future projects will include tourism
studies and marketing initiatives to reach wider, European
Europamines exemplifies how one particular industrial heritage
theme is representative of shared European values, linking
regions throughout Europe. Mining and metallurgical processes
have played a very important role in the evolution of society
across the continent.
Mining heritage is a key part of European history and embraces
many different research specialities including mineralogy
and geology, the study of people, migrations, trade and technology.
Development of this network will bring greater understanding
of the shared heritage of different European regions and identify
cultural tourism opportunities.
For further information please contact Monica Field, Communications
Officer, Cornwall County Council on 01872 322257.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the World Heritage Site Bid
– Cornish mining, through the European Regional Development
Please see www.europamines.com
for further details.
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