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Sharron P. Schwartz completed her BA (Hons) degree in European History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London. Sharron worked for several years as a history tutor for the Department of Lifelong Learning, University of Exeter, and launched the Cornish Global Migration Programme under the aegis of the Institute of Cornish Studies at Murdoch House in 1999 and was the documentary researcher for the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Bid, Heritage and Environment Section, Cornwall County Council. She completed her doctorate in Cornish Studies at the University of Exeter entitled 'Cornish Migration to Latin America: A Global and Transnational Perspective' in 2003. She was Research Fellow in Migration Studies at the Institute of Cornish Studies from 2004-2006. She currently runs the Cornish Mining Heritage Programme as an Honorary University Fellow with the Department of History at the University of Exeter and is working on a British Academy funded project in conjunction with Professor Graham Davis of Bath Spa University entitled: Networks of Metalliferous Mining Migration in the Nineteenth Century Transatlantic World: the Cornish and Irish – a Comparative Study.

Sharron is currently working as a freelance historical consultant. Recent work includes research for the Cornish Mining World Heritage (WHS) Office to ascertain the potential market for overseas tourists' visits to the Cornish Mining WHS for the Cornish Mining WHS Office, DACOM and Visit Cornwall, as well as research on overseas mining communities with Cornish connections. Current work includes interpretation for the Heartlands Mining Heritage Centre at the former South Crofty Mine and the compilation of a social history booklet for the Mineral Tramways Project. She is also involved in building up the 3Diaspora Project with a team of academics, geologists, 3D and remote sensing specialists and videographers, from Ireland, Britain and Australia which will use the latest technology to explore the Cornish Diaspora of the C19th and C20th.

Her current research interests are:

  • Mining landscapes and heritage tourism
  • Nineteenth and twentieth century Cornish global migration
  • The evolution of the Cornish diaspora and transnational identity
  • The development of mining communities in Cornwall and overseas
  • The Cornish in Latin America

Sharron is the author of prize-winning Lanner: A Cornish Mining Parish (1998), and has published numerous articles on Cornish migration, mining and gender. Among her most recent works are ‘Exporting the Industrial Revolution: the Migration of Cornish Mining Technology to Latin America in the Early Nineteenth Century’, New Perspectives in Transatlantic Studies, Macpherson and Kaufman, (eds.), New York 2002; ‘Cornish Migration Studies: An Epistemological and Paradigmatic Critique’, Cornish Studies: 10, Exeter, 2002; 'Migration Networks and the Transnationalisation of Social Capital: Cornish Migration to Latin America, a Case Study', Cornish Studies: 13, in Philip Payton (ed.), Exeter, 2005; ‘Bridging “the Great Divide”: the Evolution and Impact of Cornish Translocalism in Britain and the USA, Journal of American Ethnic History, 25 (Winter–Spring), 169–89, 2006.

Sharron is a Director of Europamines Ltd., the European Mining Heritage Network, and has provided consultancy to numerous local organisations including Kerrier District Council, the Historic Churchyards Project, The Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Bid and the Mining Villages Regeneration Project. Sharron's interests and hobbies include foreign travel, caving,  hiking, cycling and opera.




Filming during a visit to the mining districts of the Norte Chico, Chile

Abseiling down a shaft in a Cornish mine

Prospecting for gold in the outback of Western Australia

Exploring an adit, Cornwall