The remains of a once vast industry; the tin and copper mines of the past, are still to be seen around us, particularly in South West Cornwall. Sadly, there no working mines remain but the ruins and artefacts that exist today are mostly protected as listed buildings or monuments and are now maintained as evidence of our Cornish industrial heritage.
The last fifty years or so have seen a great deal of destruction of many mining features that nowadays would be preserved. The Society plays an important part in the preservation of those remains.
The Society was formed in 1974 to encourage the study of, or an interest in, all aspects of mining, geology and mineralogy in the South West of England. Many of our members can remember the final years of mining in Cornwall - years which ended with the closure of South Crofty in 1998. Some members actually worked in or on the mines.
The Society is appropriately based in the historic tin and copper area of Camborne and Redruth which is now a World Heritage Site. We have about 100 members and are always keen to welcome new ones. Our meetings and lectures are held at the King Edward Mine, Troon. Non-members are welcome to attend our monthly meetings. Field trips to mining sites around the area are arranged from time to time.
Every Thursday morning some of our members meet at our own Great Condurrow Mine to carry out various restoration project work there. You can read more about the Great Condurrow mine by clicking the link on the left.
A news letter is published in June and December and a news sheet in March and September. News sheets for the current year and past year are available on the news sheets page
We now have a Facebook group for CBMS members only https://www.facebook.com/groups/1395102940806265/