The Cornish Mining World Heritage Site has been recognised as one of the most important industrial heritage sites in Europe.
The European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH) has named Cornish Mining as one of its ‘Regional Routes’.
The Regional Routes link landscapes and sites which have left their mark on European industrial history.
The new £35 million Heartlands attraction at Pool, and Geevor Tin Mine in Pendeen have been marked alongside other ‘Anchor Points’ in Britain as “exemplars” providing information about industrial heritage and promoting the ERIH objectives to “protect Europe’s industrial heritage sites and use their preservation as a motor for the development of regions that are often suffering from economic decline”.
Christiane Baum, ERIH secretary general, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Cornish Route of Industrial Heritage into the ever growing ERIH family which now embraces 33 countries from Norway in the north, to Italy in the south and Poland in the east.
“The inclusion of Cornwall’s internationally significant heritage now extends the network to the very western limits of the continent. The primary aim of ERIH is to promote these important industrial heritage sites and to create the foremost network of industrial heritage attractions across Europe.“