Can you introduce yourself and your job?
My name is Ian Phillips and I’m a tour guide for the National Trust Levant Mine and Bean Engine.
When was the mine built?
It was built in 1820.
When did it become a touristic place?
It became a touristic place in 1962.
How many tourists visit every year?
There can be as many as 400 tourists a day or 20 a day but normally about 35 thousand a year.
When was the Mine closed?
It was closed in 1931.
Why did you stop extracting tin from the Mine?
Because the price of tin was so poor, the mine couldn’t make a profit and also because there was a disaster in 1919, the mine collapsed and we couldn’t go deep enough anymore to get the wealth underground.
Was it closed because the site was polluted or creating pollution?
Is the site now protected?
Are there ecological measures taken to preserve the site?
Not ecological ones but environmental ones.
Was it difficult to rehabilitate this Mine?
Yes, because it's so old and it costs a lot of money to bring it back. So it’s difficult to reinstate those buildings.
Do you have any specific fundings?
No, we are a charity and so the money comes from what we can rise, from what we can collect.
What are the reasons of your actions?
We hope people come and enjoy it and learn something about the history of mining in Cornwall and mining in the world really,