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Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Opens European Industrial Heritage Route

The new £35 million Heartlands attraction at Pool, Wheal Martyn China Clay Park and Geevor Tin Mine have officially unveiled their European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH) Anchor Points after the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site was recognised as one of the ERIH’s ‘Regional Routes’.

The Regional Routes link landscapes and sites which have left their mark on European industrial history and the ERIH’s strength lies in the fact that it unites many different traditions within a single idea. Each region has its own speciality; Cornwall’s of course is based on metalliferous mining and reflects again on the area’s key role in the Industrial Revolution at a European level.

David de Haan, UK lead for the ERIH, visited each venue to hand over the official Anchor Point plaques to representatives, along with Silvia Lowe, Marketing & Visitor Information Officer for the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. David de Haan, ERIH says, "The international board of ERIH is delighted to welcome the Anchor Points of Heartlands, Wheal Martyn and Geevor Mine, plus their associated Cornish mining sites as the UK's newest Regional Route of industrial heritage. They join 15 other Regional Routes and 80 Anchor Points spread across 32 European countries."

Colin Vallance, Head of Heritage and Hospitality for Wheal Martyn says, “We are honored to have been accepted as an Anchor Point for the new European Route of Industrial Heritage in Cornwall.  We are pleased to play our part in showcasing Cornwall’s amazing mining heritage to visitors from across Europe and are uniquely placed to bring to life the industrial and social heritage of Cornwall’s billion pound china clay mining industry.  An industry which has had such a vast impact on the people and landscape of the area since the 18th Century and is still very much alive today. At Wheal Martyn, visitors will be able to see Cornwall’s largest working water wheel, tour the ancient Victorian clay works, witness today’s china clay industry in action overlooking a working clay pit and see how china clay is used in so many aspects of our everyday life.”

Vicky Martin at Heartlands: “Heartlands is thrilled to have been accepted as an ERIH anchor site and to be working with Cornish Mining World Heritage to create the Cornish Route of Industrial Heritage. It will help us raise Heartland's profile across Europe and to attract European visitors to Cornwall.”

The new Cornwall Anchor Points have been marked alongside Iron Bridge at Telford, the National Waterfront Museum Swansea and the National Mining Museum Scotland. The Anchor Points provide information about industrial heritage and promoting the ERIH objectives to ‘protect Europe’s industrial heritage sites and use their preservation as a motor for the development of regions that are often suffering from economic decline.’

The ten separate areas of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site show how the rapid growth of copper and tin mining in the 18th and early 19th Centuries shaped and transformed the Cornwall and west Devon landscape. Its deep underground mines, iconic engine houses, foundries, new towns, smallholdings, lively ports and harbours, and their ancillary industries together enabled the region to produce two-thirds of the world’s supply of copper whilst establishing itself as the heartland from which mining technology rapidly spread globally.  The symbolic remains are a testimony to the contribution Cornwall and west Devon made to one of the greatest periods of economic, technological and social development Britain has ever known.

For more information about the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, please visit

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