Cornish Mining celebrates its ‘Tinth’ anniversary as UNESCO World Heritage Site

A 10 metre high, steam-powered giant, reminiscent of Cornwall’s tin mining past, will stride the length of the Cornish Mining Landscape over the course of two weeks in July. This ‘Man-Engine’ is part of an ambitious five-month cultural showcase in recognition of Cornwall Mining’s tenth, or ‘Tinth,’ anniversary as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Follow the Man-Engine here.

Throughout the Tinth festival, the UNESCO World Heritage Site will host a series of cultural events that focus on the Outstanding Universal Value of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape, which “made a key contribution to the evolution of an industrialised economy and society in the United Kingdom, and throughout the world”.

There will be an open air screening of the feature film Tin which centres around the region’s tin mining past. A stage adaptation of Anita Desai’s novel The Zigzag Way will tell the story of mining and migration and the collision of two cultures through the migration of a Cornish mining community to Mexico in the 19th century. Another large scale community production, The Trench, will explore the contribution made by Cornish miners serving on the Front Line during the First World War. The first performance will take place on 1 July, which marks the 100th anniversary of the first day of the battle of the Somme.

Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape (Cornish Mining) World Heritage Site is the UK’s largest World Heritage Site spanning 10 areas across Cornwall and West Devon. Inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2006, Cornwall and West Devon’s local creative sector has played a central role in the development of the community-led visitor experience over the last ten years, using the site’s Outstanding Universal Value as their inspiration, to bring stories of the mining landscape and the people who shaped it to visitors and residents. For more information about the programme of events, click here.