Gwennap Mining district with Devoran and Perran and Kennall Vale

Where: Gwennap Pit – Busveal, St Day TR16 5HH

When: Thursday 16th June 2016

The vigil 2

John Wesley preached here 18 times between 1862 & 1889 and said: “Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn.” On Thursday evening we lit a fuse in memory of the miners of Cornwall & Devon, symbolising their legacy and the journey that their skills, technology and Methodism took as it was carried by the miners to other continents.

Over the course of the day our team of artists and helpers created flows of tin descending to a symbolic mine shaft where Wesley’s words danced in the evening light.

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, for as long as ever you can.”

As evening came on, in words and music, a poignant vigil recalled and celebrated all those whose lives were shaped by mining. The evening culminated with the lighting of a fuse which burned out from the centre of the pit, briefly creating a fiery glow of flowing molten metal before quietly returning to darkness. Thank you from Picturing the Mines to all who took part and made this such a special occasion.



Gwennap Pit – preaching


Kennel Vale – gunpowder