Search team

Producing regulated mining searches and making the process as efficient as possible. The search team consists of a range of specialists with a broad skills base.

Skills including archaeology, surveying, mining history, geology, GIS and IT. Enabling us, not only to produce our industry leading mining searches, but to continually develop and innovate.

Ian Curnow

Ian Curnow

Head of Search Department

Ian’s worked and studied mining history since childhood. Having been with Mining Searches UK since 1986.

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Historical and Cultural Studies, Exeter University; MCMI (Member of the Chartered Management Institute)

Fun fact: Ian’s right eyebrow grows faster than his left…!?

George Scott

George Scott

Senior Search Writer

Passionate about heritage and illustration, George’s background is in archaeology, specialising in archaeological illustration.

With a keen eye for historic maps, plans and surveys; his scientific approach makes sure small details aren’t missed.

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Archaeology, University of Plymouth; PCIfA (Practitioner of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists)

Fun fact: George convinced his daughter his lack of hair was because birds use it to make their nests.

Benjamin Oldcorn

Benjamin Oldcorn

Principal Researcher

Lives in Pendeen with his wife, Labrador and cat. Benjamin joined the search team after completing a PhD at the University of Exeter.

His research interests include historic landscapes and mapping, the Second World War, and unsurprisingly, mining.

Qualifications: PhD Historical Geography, University of Exeter.

Fun fact: Benjamin once went down to adit level and didn’t like it very much.

Philip Mitchell

Philip Mitchell

Search Writer

Philip became fascinated with mining history whilst exploring the shafts and waste tips on the family farm.

Beyond mining his interests include country houses, numismatics and 18th century English portraiture.

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Economic and Social History, University of Liverpool; MSc Economic and Social History (University of Oxford).

Fun fact: As a child, Philip once attempted to locate a lode (mineral vein) on the family farm in the hope of starting a mine. Unfortunately, due to homework pressures, the venture failed.

Thomas Harvey-James

Thomas Harvey-James

Search Writer

Tom fell in love with history from a young age. His Grandad would take him to visit castles, museums and other fascinating historical sites.

Following this, Tom developed a passion for archaeology. Enjoying making new discoveries, whether in a trench trowel in hand, or researching old mine plans.

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Archaeology, University of Plymouth.

Fun fact: The last time Tom went down a mine he realised that at 6 ft 6, he probably wouldn’t have made a very good miner.

Matthew Blewett

Matthew Blewett

Apprentice

Matthew has always been interested in geology and has a small collection of rocks in his cupboard and garden. Matthew enjoys walking the Cornish coast path and photography.

Qualifications: 11 GCSEs C and above and 3 A Levels in geology, photography and geography.

Fun fact: Matthew’s best sporting achievement is a bronze medal in a race out of a field of three.

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Mining Searches UK is the trading name of Cornwall Mining Services Limited, a company incorporated in the United Kingdom. Company registration number 01381067 whose registered office is at Highburrow Lane, Wilson Way, Pool Industrial Estate, Redruth, Cornwall TR15 3RN