'The Man Engine' wows Wales

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Our favourite mechanical man has made his way into Wales and from the below video you can see our Celtic cousins love him as much as we do!


The ‘Man Engine’ was commissioned in 2016 by the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage team to celebrate the tenth anniversary of gaining UNESCO World Heritage status. In 2016 he travelled across the Cornish and West Devon Mining Landscape. Now, in 2018 having already travelled through Cornwall, Devon and up into Somerset he will go further than ever before.

This week he has travelled into South Wales, visiting Blaenavon (also a mining World Heritage site), Tredegar and Merthyr Tydfil. Today he will travel to Pontypridd and tomorrow into Swansea to finish the Welsh stretch of the tour. But it doesn’t stop there, this Saturday the 14th of April he will head to Ironbridge, in June he will also head to Elsecar and Wentworth Woodhouse in the North of England.

But this is not a random holiday for our mechanical man, his route reflects the movement of Cornish miners; the Cornish diaspora. During the century from 1815 to the start of the First World War, it has been estimated that more than 250,000 people migrated from Cornwall to other areas in the UK. While considerable emphasis has been given by academics and other researchers to overseas migrant destinations, relatively little has been published on the nature and impact of Cornish mineworkers relocating within Britain.

Ainsley Cocks, Research and Information Officer at the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site comments: “The mining landscapes across the UK still show the labours of our Cornish mining ancestors, from Cornish Engine Houses scattered across our countryside to whole streets of mining cottages built to house Cornish mining migrants, such as those in Roose, Cumbria.”

At the Cornish and West Devon Mining World Heritage Site we continue our research; commissioning genealogist Stephen Colwill, who has used Cornish surnames to help track the movement of Cornish miners across the UK.

What better way to celebrate our UK mining family than to follow our favourite mechanical man across the country, meeting fellow mining folk on our way?