When the Tin Ran Out.

6 images Created 30 Nov 2016

’Cornwall is England's poorest county. If it were a country, it would be poorer than Lithuania and Hungary.’’
In an article written in the New Statesman in February 2016, Tim Wigmore was referring to an area in Cornwall, between Camborne, Pool and Redruth known as CPR; an area of Cornwall peppered with abandoned engine houses and mine shafts.

Miners were employed at South Cofty mine, in Pool, until 2013 - even though the mines were closed in 1998 following the 1984 drastic crash in tin prices.
In December 2015, CPR food banks catered for over two thousand people. The dire level of employment and retraining opportunities offered to the hundreds of ex- miners left high and dry by the mine closures, the poor education attainment and aspirations of the younger generation have made Cornwall the poorest county in one of the richest countries in the world: England
To quote from the article: ‘…Chalker, who went to the college of engineering at Camborne School of Mines,… likens the impact of the collapse of mining to “Canary Wharf disappearing overnight in London”’.

How do the ex-miner’s families live? And now that Brexit is upon us, how will the area survive without EU funding?
When children turn up at school at 7 years of age barely toilet trained and dirty; when there is no drive for self improvement nor NGO support; when all systems fail, what can they hope for, how do they spend their days? Of these Others, of the CPR area, one in four lives on benefits; one in ten households suffers from domestic abuse and alcoholism.

Some of the children living in CPR have never even seen the sea. The families of the mining workforce, invisible to the tourists, live just a gull’s cry from where the rich have their second homes, from where lobster is served for lunch and surfers dance over waves.

Ongoing photo documentary on THE OTHERS/ those that Britain has forgotten.
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