Peak District Mines Historical Society
Promoting and preserving mining heritage
(Registered charity No. 504662)

Welcome to the website of the Peak District Mines Historical Society

Welcome to the new PDMHS website.  We're currently migrating content from the old site to here - a process that will take a little time as there is a substantial body of material that we need to migrate in a controlled and organised fashion.  If you can't find what you are looking for here, the old site can still be accessed at: http://archive.pdmhs.com

Latest News:

  • Needed - Photographs of PDMHS Activities

    May 19, 2017
    We are currently looking for more photos of PDMHS activities to include on the website. Can you help us?
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  • Castleton Geology Walk - a Report

    May 04, 2017
    On the 23rd April 2017 a group of 16 people assembled at Mam Tor to go on a walk led by Steve Conquest to explore the Geology of Derbyshire. The weather was glorious and sunny, with clear views guaranteed.
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  • Illustrated Talk on the Derbyshire Lead Mining Industry, Tuesday May 16th

    May 02, 2017
    Dr. Lynn Willies will be giving an illustrated talk on the Peak District lead mining industry at the Peak District Lead Mining Museum, Matlock Bath, on Tuesday, May 16th. The talk will start at 7.30pm, and will include mines in Matlock, Crich, Wirksworth, Cromford, Bonsal and Darley Dale.
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  • Dr. Trevor Ford

    Feb 24, 2017
    It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of one of our founder members, Dr. Trevor Ford.
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  • Magpie Mine Heritage Open Day

    Aug 28, 2016
    The Society is pleased to announce that one of the Heritage Open Day events in the Derbyshire Peak District will be held at the Magpie lead mine, near Sheldon, on 11th September 2016. This free event will take place between 11.00am and 5.00pm. No booking required - just turn up on the day.
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The Peak District National Park and much of the surrounding countryside was once mined extensively for Lead, Fluorspar, Barytes, Copper, Calcite and other minerals. Much of the now-familiar and naturalised landscape has been modified considerably by ancient miners, with hillocks, old lead veins, engine houses and mine buildings forming an integral part of the modern-day landscape. Across the area are many archaeological features relating to mining activities – some dating back several hundred years, some considerably more recent.

The Peak District Mines Historical Society exists to preserve these important industrial heritage sites, and to promote interest and understanding in mines, mining and minerals – and in the fascinating and varied mining history.

Through this website, we hope to present to a wider audience the aims, objectives, activities and resources of the society.


Interested in joining the Peak District Mines Historical Society?
Then go to the"joining PDMHS" page of this website to find out more - or you can simply download a PDMHS Membership form if you prefer.


Want to come along to one of our meets?

Take a look at the latest meets and events list, now on-line with plenty of events taking place both above and below ground. 

Upcoming events: