‘Little Explorer’, Victoria Level. Sygun Copper Mine was opened as a tourist attraction in 1986.
The Deep Adit. Five months’ work to clear by hand this drainage adit, which had been blocked and completely flooded, began in 1983. The underground tour starts here and ends 43 m higher up at the Victoria Level.
Stalactites and stalagmites. These speleothems have grown since the mine was abandoned in 1903. This section of the mine was excavated in the 1840s by miners working with hand tools by the light of candles.
Stalactites and stalagmites
Looking down from the Victoria Level
The Victoria Level. This was one of the mine’s main tramways.
Mine building converted into museum, shop and café. The foundations of one of the first ever Flotation Plants are at the rear of this building. This late 19th-century innovation developed commercially by the Elmore brothers involved mixing crushed ore with oil and water. The copper minerals adhere to the oil, which floats on the water, allowing it to be separated from unwanted rock, which sinks.
Half-scale water wheel, Upper Dressing Floor
Half-scale water wheel and stamp battery for crushing ore