This is the
test mine that the Camborne School of Mining uses for teaching its students.
Various mining techniques are simulated here and students are shown how to
drill, charge and fire explosive rounds.
The mine also allows various
research organisations to test seismic monitoring instruments, remote access
vehicles and experimental firing of explosives. Originally the mine (it was a
quarry first and then tunnels were driven) was owned by the Holman Drill
Company which used it for testing their air legs, subsequently much of the mine
in peppered with rows of drill holes.