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The Hard Rock Gallery at Geevor Tin Mine

An exhibition of photographs by David Chapman & Steve Jones celebrating the bio-diversity of the mining landscape of Geevor.

Geevor, set on the cliff tops of the rugged Atlantic coast of Penwith in West Cornwall, was one of the last working tin mines in the county. In the mid 1980’s the price of tin collapsed to half the amount needed to break even, with the inevitable result that by 1990 the mine closed. In May 1991 the main pumps keeping the mine dry were switched off and the shafts slowly flooded up to sea level.

Since that time wildlife has slowly but surely been recolonizing the site, and many specialist species have been amongst the pioneers returning to this challenging landscape. 

Grey Mining Bee- Andrena cinerariaThis new exhibition features the landscapes of Geevor and examples of the plants, birds, mammals, insects, reptiles & amphibians that inhabit them. 
David Chapman is an award winning wildlife photographer from West Cornwall with a number of popular wildlife books to his credit. Steve Jones has been an enthusiastic naturalist for the past 30 years with a particular interest in insects, (see "About Steve).

The exhibition was opened on Friday 23rd October 2009 with a private viewing and press launch. Despite the awful weather nearly 50 people from as far a field as South Wales enjoyed a sneak preview of the images on display. There was universal agreement that Jo Warburton & her team from Geevor had done a fantastic job in setting up the exhibition in this first class venue.

If you enjoy the photographs on this website why not pop along to Geevor and take a look at some of the stunning images on display. The exhibition has been extremely popular over the winter months and will now run for a whole year, until September 2010.

To see a gallery of images from the launch of the exhibition click on the thumbnail below. Once loaded, if you hover your mouse over the gallery you will see text buttons two thirds of the way up each side of the image. Click on the left to go back to the previous image and on the right to go to the next image. To exit the gallery click on the cross at the bottom right of the viewer.

Geevor Tin Mine is now an award winning tourist attraction where you can experience underground tours, explore the extensive surface workings & mills, and enjoy the interactive exhibitions in the new museum & gallery. Admission for the whole site: Adults £9.50, Children & Students £4.50, OAPs £8.00        Museum only £7.00     The Hard Rock Gallery is part of the museum complex. Summer Opening Hours: Sunday to Friday (not open on Saturdays) 9.00am to 5.00pm (last admission 4.00pm).


Geevor Tin Mine is located in the village of Pendeen, 7 miles west of Penzance. From the A30 Penzance ring road take the A3071 heading towards St.Just. 1 mile after the village of Newbridge turn right onto the B3318 to Pendeen. At the junction turn left onto the B3306 driving through the village of Pendeen. Geevor is on the right as  you leave the village. The route is marked by brown tourists signs from Penzance, indicating “Historic Mining Area”. 

For further details visit the Geevor website at:       {gallery}galleries/geevor{/gallery}
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