Information for Schools 2012
With unique archaeological evidence of industrial activity dating from prehistoric times in the form of the Poldark Mortar Outcrop (A Scheduled Ancient Monument), the earliest known lease for the working of a tin stamps (1498), a tin mine with workings dating back to the Middle Ages and leases and deeds from 1800 to the present day Poldark is one of the County's most important heritage sites.
Described by Sir Neil Cossons, former Chairman of English Heritage, as "One of the two most atmospheric mine tours in Europe" the guided mine tour takes groups through the only complete underground tin mine open to the public. Exploring the mine workings students gain an understanding of the conditions in which miners, from as young as 9 years old, toiled to extract the rich tin ores.
For further information on the facilities for schools go to Educational Visits.
The themes being developed at Poldark are the Cornish tin industry until the 1820's and the Cornish overseas, from the first 'contract workers' to economic migration and its effects upon Cornwall and the resultant international Cornish legacy.