The exhibition, entitled “The Cornish Diaspora and the Resilient Women of St Just and Pendeen in Cornwall” tells the stories of eleven women from the local community.
The stories are dramatic and tragic at times, but they are also inspiring as they show that women succeeded in supporting their families and maintaining a home for them despite all the challenges they faced.
Inspired by the book by historian Lesley Trotter, The Married Widows of Cornwall, the exhibition is being launched as a virtual exhibition on the Geevor website to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8.
Once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and Geevor is able to reopen the intention is that a physical version of the exhibition will become a permanent feature in the museum.
This exhibition is part of a long-term project with the next phase looking at what happened to the miners and their families when Geevor finally closed its doors as a working mine thirty years ago.