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Mining helmets
Matt Baker finds out what the future holds for South Crofty tin mine.
The last workng tin mine in Cornwall closed nine years ago when the price of tin was just too low for it to be commercially viable. But now the value of tin is at an all-time high - about eight thousand pounds a tonne - and South Crofty in Camborne is going to re-open. Matt Baker goes underground to see what's going on - and also visits the Camborne School of Mines, which was established in 1888 and is the oldest in the world. He talks to former, current and future miners and asks, "from beaches to base-metals, can Cornwall offer tin as well as tourism?
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