At the southernmost tip of the British Isles, Cornwall feels like a place apart, stamping its singular identity on residents and visitors alike the moment they cross its border. Its long maritime history makes its people outward looking and tolerant of diversity. Although copper and tin mining are no more, the great shoals of pilchard are but a distant memory and even dairy farming is on the wane, there is a natural resilience in those who remain in Cornwall rather than take their expertise abroad. New industries are starting up and a great expansion of education, particularly at university level, is under way, providing much-needed opportunities for the young. The breath-taking beauty of the Cornish coastline and the special quality of the light have attracted artists to its shores for generations.