A general view of the site.
In 2008, the Botallack Trust - the funding arm
of the Carn Brea Mining Society - purchased the freehold of the site
together with all of the machinery, as it was felt that this important
part of Cornwall's mining history should be preserved.
The underground mine today consists of two sections; the old 19th Century
workings that were re-opened up until 1936; and the new working to the
east and south of Vivian’s Shaft which have been developed since
that time and more properly represents the way that a Cornish mine would
have looked like in the middle of the 20th Century.
Over the years we have refurbished the hoisting shaft, the headframe
and the winder so that we can hoist rock. Our large diesel Holman compressor
provides compressed air for rock drills. We have an ongoing programme
of building maintenance. Recently a generous bequest has enabled us
to erect a much needed workshop and to re-roof the ‘mess room’.
Volunteers from the Society meet at the site every Thursday morning
to continue with the restoration and general maintenance work.
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