A step back in time as the Liskeard team celebrate our mining heritage

Wed 27 Jul 2016

As Liskeard became the first stop on Man Engine’s tour of Cornwall to mark the ‘tinth' anniversary of World Mining Heritage Status, it was an occasion to dress up and take the window display back through the centuries for our Liskeard team.

The celebrations took place directly outside the family run firm’s town centre shop in Barras Street. Branch Manager, Emma Elkin and Negotiator, Rosie Hadfield-Waite, dressed as miners and changed the window display to reflect the historic event. All photos of properties were sepia for the day, the window was lit with lanterns and there was an extra property on offer - a tin mine.

“We wanted to get into the spirit of the occasion,” said Emma. “It was a great event, there was storytelling, a samba band plus other local musicians performing and children were invited to create wall murals. The streets were packed with people, many in period or mining related costumes and the Man Engine was an enormous engineering marvel. We were surprised by the number of people who didn’t realise the tin mine advertised in the window was a spoof - it attracted a lot of interested buyers.”

Man Engine is the largest moving puppet ever made in the UK and takes the shape of a tin miner. He travels in a crawling position, like a miner in a tunnel, then transforms to stand at over 10 metres tall (two and a half double-decker buses) when he is worked by a dozen miners and bal maidens who move his limbs and put fire in his belly so he belches plumes of steam.