Rick Stewart’s book, Mine Pumping Engines in Eighteenth Century Cornwall, was launched on Trevithick Day and resulted in one of our most successful day’s sales from our tent. The book has attracted much favourable comment and really is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Cornish mining and steam during that period. There has been a good deal of research in this field of late and Rick’s very readable volume brings the story up to date. This volume received generous support from the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Mine Pumping Engines is a 176 page large format paperback and cost £17.50. ISBN 978-0-9935021-2-5

Elsewhere in this issue is a summary of our AGM weekend, much of which was concerned with the Tavistock Canal, opened 200 years ago in June 1817. To mark this anniversary the Society will this autumn publish Robert Waterhouse’s definitive volume on the history and archaeology of the canal. The book also covers the mines, wharfs and tramways associated with this fascinating waterway. We have only been able to bring out this very substantial work due to considerable sponsorship from a number of organisations and several generous individuals. The book will be available in a large format paperback edition and a limited hardback edition. Sponsorship will enable us to keep the price at a reasonable level. Robert’s superb archaeological drawings will be included on a computer disc at the back of the book. Those who attended his lecture at the AGM weekend will know that this will be a very special book. We cannot quote definite prices as yet but will keep members posted as to progress with this very exciting project.

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