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

Introducing the Peak District Mines Historical Society

The Peak District Mines Historical Society was formed at a meeting held at Sheffield University on the 14th of February 1959 by a group of interested geologists at the University.

In 1976 a massive operation at Wills Founder Shaft, Winster, resulted in the recovery of a unique water pressure engine. This led directly to the opening of the Peak District Lead Mining Museum at Matlock Bath, where the engine is displayed along with many other artefacts and historical displays.

The Museum provides an interactive educational facility for all ages and visitors can also undertake a guided tour into the old fluorspar workings at Temple Mine, just across the road from the Museum and owned and managed by the Society. The impressive Pump Room is the primary venue for the Society's winter series of lectures, slide shows and video presentations which are generally very well attended.

Early in its history the Society acquired a lease of the surface remains at Magpie Mine, Sheldon. Over the last 40 years much effort, both in time and money, has gone into the preservation of the site. OurField Centre is located in the old Agent's Cottage and is available for use by members and their guests for a nominal fee.

Since its inception the Society has published a bi-annual Bulletin. This has grown into one of the leading journals of mining history, and circulates throughout the world.

Groups of members from within the Society are involved in a number of active projects, such as the Crich Lead Mining Display at the National Tramway Museum, conservation and archaeology work at High Rake (completed in 2008) and the recently-completed archaeological excavation and conservation programme at Silence Mine amongst others.

The Society also arranges regular underground meets, training sessions and mining history walks as well as hosting a series of winter lectures, slide shows and video presentations. There is always a calendar of current events to interest both the serious mine historian or researcher and the active underground explorer.

Having recently celebrated its 50th birthday, the Society has a large and thriving membership of both active and academic members, who are working together both above and below ground to record, preserve, explore and document the mines and mining history of the Peak District. 

Underground Trip - Jugholes Cave, Matlock. CANCELLED.

  • Dates: 21 – 21 Mar, 2017
  • Contact: Paul Chandler
  • Email:
  • Phone: 01246 220773

Unfortunately the trip leader cannot now lead this trip so we have had to cancel it at short notice. We are hoping to reschedule it again in the coming months. Apologies to everyone affected.

Leader: Paul Chandler. A Masson Caving Group trip - PDMHS members welcome. 
An evening trip, beginning at 7.15pm. Party size is limited. To book your place(s), and for meeting arrangements, please contact Paul on 01246 220773 or email him at:

This trip is being organised primarily as a training trip for prospective mine leaders, but is open to all. The plan is to explore the short mine workings off the large entrance, followed by the popular 'through trip' in the mined Lower Series. Easy/moderate grade, dry (apart from puddles), but muddy. 

Brief details of the 'through trip': A scrambly climb at the entrance (using a handline), followed by a tightish squeeze, a number of large, impressive, mined/natural caverns are visited, along with other scrambly bits, plus a walking size passage and finally a short, roomy crawl in the metal tube at the exit. In essence, more like a caving trip than a mine trip! Optional drink after the trip locally.
Reference: Jugholes Interpretation Pack by Gordon Fiander & David Webb which is available at:  This is the definitive guide to this system and is well worth purchasing.