The Man Engine Project

On Tuesday 22nd March and Thursday 24th March, Year 8 students took part in four workshops run by Golden Tree, where they investigated aspects of Cornwall’s mining heritage including the role of women, the engineering advances and the personal stories of miners far away from home.

Students were also able to get hands on with artefacts from the different periods of Cornish mining and to see how Cornish men and women lived in mining communities, as well as seeing the legacy of the industry.

Cornwall’s industrial past is rooted deeply in the Cornish landscape as well as the character of its people. This legacy has spread from Mexico to Australia as ‘Cousin Jacks’ left Cornish shores to utilise their skills in the far flung reaches of the new world. The importance of Cornish mining led to UNESCO awarding World Heritage Status to Cornwall’s mining landscapes in 2006. These exciting workshops aimed to mark the 10 Year anniversary of the award.

Fifteen Penrice students will also be given the opportunity to take the role of mining captains in order to support the headline act of The Man Engine project, which comes in the form of a massive mechanical puppet that will stand at over 10 feet tall. This testament to Cornwall’s engineering past will pass through St. Austell on its way to the Geevor tin mine in July.