Golden Tree Productions | Rags to Riches

Rags to Riches

Three Cultural and Learning Action Research Projects for the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.

Driven by economic necessity and sustained by the lure of wealth, the storyline of Cornish Mining has been a never-ending cycle of boom and bust, hope and despair; rags to riches.

Tamar Valley
Lead artist Jo Tyler lead a train trip down the Tamar Valley line to Plymouth Rail Station to unveil her glorious Cornish Mining Diaspora World Map created with pupils from Bere Alston and Tavistock Schools. Young people also created animations and other visual artworks exhibited at the Tamr Trails centre.

Lead artist Hilary Coleman led pupils researching the real-life stories of real-life people including Richard Jose the orphan boy who became a world-famous tenor. With the Red River singers we went on a songline-journey that took us from East Pool Mine to Heartlands and on around the World tracing the footsteps of our mining forebears.

Lead artist Will Coleman worked with schools and community on the smelting casting and explosive-making aspects of Hayle’s red-hot heritage. We ran sessions with Clint Hoskin from Geevor mine, took pupils underground at Camborne School of Mines, cast real objects from real tin with Maria Whetman, created ballads and performed to a large audience at Hayle Foundry. Dynamite!


Rags to Riches Team

Evaluation report