Ever since the mining heydays of the 1800s, Cornwall has harnessed a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship complemented by a bedrock of hard work and a reputation for delivery. It was the mix of these qualities, and a set of global pioneers, who inspired the UK Industrial Revolution in the 1800s, making Cornwall the ‘Silicon Valley’ of its day.
Campaign with G7 and Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape UNESCO World Heritage Site
In turn, these innovators led a global diaspora around the mining trade, and collectively, they took their leadership, creativity, thinking, ideation and solid hard work ethos across the world, sharing and developing their expertise, skills and thinking with local communities.
Turning to the 2020s and the shared challenges of today, the G7, UK National Commission for UNESCO and Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape UNESCO World Heritage Site are launching a new digital campaign to shine the spotlight on a set of Cornwall-based female leaders who are similarly pioneering, and sharing, new thinking, initiatives and ideas, to bring to light new solutions, new jobs and new talents to take us all into the next century.
These leading women are constantly mining, carving out, pioneering and sharing new world opportunities across their chosen sectors in STEM, tech, mining, sustainable and environmental development, the creative industries and within the heritage sector – all from our historic green peninsula.
200 years ago Cornwall’s tin and copper mines were at the centre of global technological innovation
On #GirlsinICT day, @TECgirls founder @CaitlinKrum shares why she’s engaging Cornwall’s primary school girls in ICT, taking inspiration from @cornishmining pioneers of the past pic.twitter.com/tMWT5MYUWT
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“Our inscription as a World Heritage Site rests on the extraordinary mineral riches of Cornwall and west Devon, and the advanced mining technology and skills needed to extract these, that were developed here during the 18th and 19th centuries, and then exported to every continent on the globe. Our UNESCO status recognises this world changing contribution to the development of a modern, industrialised society.
The G7 visit next month is to a Cornwall that is continuing to build on its tradition of innovation and technological development, pioneering how we transition to a carbon zero society, just as it pioneered the first industrial revolution. We were delighted to work with UNESCO to highlight this, and the achievements of some of the amazing women scientists, academics and engineers with whom we work in this endeavour.”
Co-ordinator, Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape UNESCO World Heritage Site
“Cornwall and West Devon’s outstanding heritage of mining innovation and technology is recognised around the world through its UNESCO World Heritage status. This tradition of innovation is thriving and the G7 is an excellent opportunity to showcase it, for example, through these inspiring women led initiatives.”
Chief Executive, UK National Commission for UNESCO