DRUGS: detail from the dressing floor. Botallack, West Penwith, Cornwall

Levant




Half a mile north along the coast from Botallack another interesting example of graffiti [barely] exists at Levant mine in the re opened (2002) access tunnel that leads to the man engine shaft. The man engine shaft, used for taking the miners up or down from the surface to work, was the scene of a fatal mining disaster. In the 1960’s when the tunnel to the Man Engine shaft was still open an ex miner now living in Marazion used a lamp to leave a carbon inscription on the wall of the tunnel that read ‘21 Oct 1919 31 men died in this shaft when the man engine broke’.




GEEVOR




The Geevor graffiti is interesting too. The iconic 'THE END' on a locker in the dry sums up the end of a part of the mines history all too well. But what is fascinating is that the graffiti continues to the present day in one form or another. Theres lots behind the scenes that you won't see but its worth looking out for the examples are on view as you progess on the tour of the mine. Notes, impromtu signs, messages, jokes and obsecnities are chalked up here and there around the site. This really helps in a subtle way to ensures that the mueseum still has the atmosphere of a work place albeit for another purpose and is important because of that.






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Self guided trail

Self guided trail

Contemporary response

Contemporary response
Prediction - digitally imagined graffiti

Record

Record
Digitally remade graffiti

S+D+MT

S+D+MT
Digitally remade graffiti