Monday, 5 October 2015

Royal visit to Wheal Jane, Cornwall

My recent visits to Wardell Armstrong International and SGS at the Wheal Jane site have shown me that exciting things are going to be happening for Cornish mining over the next few years (posting of 31 August).

Unfortunately I was on my way to Vancouver for the SAG '15 conference, and so missed the Wheal Jane Earth Science Park project receiving the Royal seal of approval from HRH the Duke of Kent, who spent over an hour touring newly completed workspace occupied by various companies.

According to Bernard Ballard, Director of Marketing and Property, the Duke was surprised by the diversity and scope of work taking place on site. During his tour he was able to see archive mine plans dating back to the 18th century, rare mineral specimens mined at Wheal Jane and ingots of Cornish tin salvaged from shipwrecks being restored after over a century on the sea bed.

In the Wheal Jane Laboratory the Duke was introduced to advanced analytical techniques used to provide minerals analysis for projects worldwide and in Wardell Armstrong's pilot plant facility aspects of a European minerals research project.

The Duke (centre) in the Wardell Armstrong pilot plant
The visit was concluded with HRH unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion and being presented with a limited edition set of tin coins by staff in the jewellery production workshop.

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