A Cornish tin mine could return to production after it was acquired by a Canadian firm. The South Crofty Tin Mine at Pool closed in 1998, marking the end of Cornwall's long history of tin mining, which dates back to the Bronze Age.
But there is fresh hope that the industry will be revived. The company, Strongbow now plans to investigate digging for ore 400 metres underground.
The mine permission area includes 26 former mines in the Camborne, Pool and Redruth ares.
Several companies attempted to revive the mine between 2001 and 2013 but, due to poor market conditions, the assets were put into administration in 2013.
South West law firm Stephens Scown acted for Strongbow on the deal.