The Cornish Diaspora Mural Project

Mining in Cornwall dates back to between 1000 and 2000 B.C. when Cornwall is thought to have been visited by metal traders from the eastern mediterranean.

It was copper that was of most importance in the eighteenth century and Cornwall was the greatest producer of copper in the world.

However in the mid 1800`s copper deposits were discovered overseas that were easier to extract and the price of copper fell.

Not all was lost as tin ore had been discovered in some of the deeper mine workings and this bought in some revenue, although it didn’t replace the importance of copper mining being on a much smaller scale.

As with copper, tin was discovered overseas, and by the end of the 19th century tin mining in Cornwall had severely declined.

The loss of work and income was the push factor in the Cornish Diaspora, and the chance of making your fortune overseas was the pull.

Our project is set in the Diaspora gardens at Heartlands.

We are producing five murals that will reflect the countries and continents to which the Cornish emigrated during the 1800’s in search of work.

The gardens are planted out to represent:

    • South Africa
    • New Zealand
    • Australia
    • North America
    • South America