Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts Honours


Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Dr Ed Jaggard


The following dissertation is a "contribution to contemporary debates about the industrial revolution and the perpetuation of 'differcnce'."1 It covers the era of Cornish industrialisation and the attendant socio-economic and cultural changes from the emergence of copper mining in the 1690s to the eve of its crash in 1866, through the observations of a selection of contemporary travellers/writers. It explores the image of Com wall through West Barbary versus Industrial Civilisation, and compares the county's processes of industrialisation with the canonical industrial revolution of the midlands and the north of England. Cornwall is examined as an example of the diversity within Britain in the era of industrialisation, and a Cornish industrial culture is found that developed quite differently and separately to the rest of Britain. Through the isolation of three themes; space, livings and people, the travellers' comments have been analysed to reveal a permutation of the mythology of West Barbary and Cornish industrialisation with spatial myths, traditions and perceived space, and an inherent pride in character, identity, and culture.