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.
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
Fun fact: Ian’s right eyebrow grows faster than his left…!?
Senior Search WriterPassionate 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.
Principal ResearcherLives 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.
Search WriterPhilip 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.
Search WriterTom 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.
ApprenticeMatthew 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.