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Mining is an essential part of our lives, yet it often gets little attention in the public eye.
This was the case for the Britannia Mining and Smelting Company. Case in point, it was noted that in 1926, while Britannia was a major purchaser of supplies from Vancouver companies, the Vancouver Board of Trade was largely unaware of this major mine located so close to town.
But it is not just in the business realm this occurs. It is also present in the technology, health, and safety aspects of this industry.
"When the Dust Settles" looks at changes in mining during the era of Britannia (1904-1974), with a focus on silicosis, as the Mine worked to increase production while also improving the working conditions through dust reduction.
On-Site: as part of general admission, this program is the underground portion of our guided 'Miner's Experience' and as a part of the group program 'The Britannia Mine Experience'
On-site Duration: 30 minutes
Online: The document found through the link below provides a more in-depth look at the topics presented in our public tour.
Suitable for ages 10+
When mining began at Britannia, the mined rock contained as much as 12% copper. By the time the Mine closed 70 years later, the mined rock held on average 1.25%.
Working with such low levels of copper in the rock, Britannia's success was defined, in large part, through its ability to separate almost all of the copper-bearing mineral from the waste rock economically.
This is the story of the mills and the technological changes within which that enabled Britannia to become a major copper producer.
On-site: This program is delivered as a part of our guided 'Miner's Experience' and as a part of the group program 'The Britannia Mine Experience'.
On-site duration: 15 minutes
Online: Follow the link below to explore the more in-depth version of this program