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Goldmine or Bottomless Pitt? Exploiting Cornwall’s Mining Heritage


  • Zwegers, Bart


This research paper discusses the rise of the heritage and tourist industry in Cornwall. It aims to historically contextualize this process by analyzing it in relation to the neo-liberal political landscape of the 1980s. The paper highlights several consequences of industrial heritage tourism in the region, including the growing gap between rich and poor that resulted from the arrival of newcomers from the richer Eastern counties and the perceived downplaying of Cornish heritage. It will explain how these developments paved the way for regionalist activists who strived for more Cornish autonomy in the field of heritage preservation and exploitation.

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  • Zwegers, Bart, 2018. "Goldmine or Bottomless Pitt? Exploiting Cornwall’s Mining Heritage," MPRA Paper 88247, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:88247

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    1. Hernandez-Maskivker, Gilda & Ferrari, Sonia & Cruyt, Aurélie Nathalie J., 2019. "Exploring community stakeholders’ perceptions of mass tourism: the case of Bruges," MPRA Paper 94223, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Chenini, Abderrahim & Touaiti, Mustapha, 2017. "Building Destination Loyalty Using Tourist Satisfaction and Destination Image: A Holistic Conceptual Framework," MPRA Paper 90639, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 16 May 2018.
    3. Chatzigeorgiou, Chryssoula & Christou, Evangelos & Simeli, Ioanna, 2019. "Confidence and loyalty for agrotourism brands: The Lesvos paradigm," MPRA Paper 93898, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Industrial heritage tourism; Cornwall; Thatcherism; Mining heritage;

    JEL classification:

    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism
    • M0 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - General

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