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Descendants of Cornish miners across the globe could also have a glimpse of the amazing Man Engine, now it has finished its tour of Cornwall. The announcement that the giant puppet would be travelling to Australia, Mexico and South America was made after its two-week journey across Cornwall’s mining landscape ended.
Will Coleman, the man behind Golden Tree Productions who created the Man Engine, said it had been an amazing fortnight, but that there was a lot more in store for the steam powered puppet.
“The man has completed his first pilgrimage of 130 miles across his homeland”, he said. “I think myself and my team deserve a quick holiday, but never fear, within a month we’ll be laying the plans for the man engine to make his way to Mexico, to South Australia, to South Africa, and all of the areas of our globe to which Cornish miners set sail, taking with them the grit, ambition and skills that transformed the world as we know it.”
The Man Engine was created in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape being named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The puppet made his way from Tavistock, Devon and stopped at various mining locations across Cornwall.
An estimate 150,000 people have seen the Man Engine along his route, and has been deemed a success by Malcolm Bell, chief executive of Visit Cornwall: “A spectacular showcase of Cornwall’s cultural offering, it has successfully raised the profile of Cornwall’s heritage, the iconic Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and our talent for innovation, to a contemporary audience with great creative flair.”
When on your Cornwall holidays this summer, why not visit some of the incredible mining heritage sites across Cornwall, some of which are close to our cottages. It is a great way to discover the history of the county, and the whole family will enjoy exploring the mines!
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