Hard Rock Life Cartoon Image

Miners eating pasties, c1895. Courtesy of the Cornish Studies Library

It’s ‘A Hard Rock Life!’ at the Cornish Studies Library in Alma Place Redruth this September, as the library’s new exhibition about mining in Cornwall opens on Friday September 12 to tie in with Redruth’s Mining and Pasty Festival.

The exhibition looks at the lives of those working in Cornwall’s mines, predominantly in the 19th century, including bal-maidens and children. Documents will be on display related to some of the terrible mining disasters which occurred, including the official report into the Levant Mine disaster. The exhibition will also feature material related to Cornish migration, including letters and posters.

On Saturday September 13 Dandy/Beano cartoonist Nick Brennan will be at the library leading ‘Mini Mining Cartoon Masterclasses’ Drop into the Library at any time between 10am and 2pm to join in the fun, and you can also contribute to our massive mining scene!

Kim Cooper, Principal Librarian at the Cornish Studies Library, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming Nick back for another brilliant cartoon workshop, this time inspired by our mining exhibition. Redruth’s Mining and Pasty Festival gives us a great opportunity to participate in events in the town, as well as showing off our fantastic mining collections, which are designated as having international importance.”

For further information, telephone the Cornish Studies Library on 01209 216760. ‘A Hard Rock Life!’ will be on at the Cornish Studies Library until September 30 during regular opening hours.

Story posted 05 September 2014

Via: http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/council-news-room/media-releases/news-from-2014/news-from-september-2014/a-hard-rock-life!-mining-exhibition-opens-at-the-cornish-studies-library-in-redruth/