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

Society 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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  • Magpie Mine Square Chimney Repairs Completed

    Aug 28, 2016
    The repairs to the Square Chimney, the associated ground level flue and the small building at the base of the chimney at Magpie Mine have now been completed. The object has been to preserve the appearance of the chimney whilst making sure that it will remain standing for many years to come.
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  • Magpie Lead Mine Repairs Begin

    Jul 12, 2016
    Work has started to repair some of the oldest buildings at the Magpie Mine near Sheldon. The site (which is managed by the Peak District Mines Historical Society) is a Scheduled Monument, and probably the best preserved example of a C19th lead mine in Britain. The buildings at Magpie Mine, which are constructed from the local limestone, suffer from the severe weather conditions experienced on the exposed limestone plateau, and a 2013 survey (funded by Natural England) identified some £250,000 of repair work needed to maintain them in a safe and viable condition for the future.
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  • Wyatt account book purchased by PDMHS

    May 20, 2016
    PDMHS have just purchased an account book covering the years 1783 to 1802 belonging to William Wyatt, the grandfather of the similarly named 19th century mining agent, from an antiquarian bookseller in York
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  • International Early Engines Conference 2017 – Preliminary Announcement

    Mar 29, 2016
    The inaugural International Early Engines Conference (IEEC hereafter) will be held at The Ironworks, Elsecar, South Yorkshire in May 11-13, 2017. The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for presentation and discussion of new research into heat engines prior to 1812.
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  • Robots Delve Hidden Depths of Flooded Mines

    Jan 22, 2016
    Ecton Mine Educational Trust (EMET) has become a consortium member for the €5M (£3.5M) UNEXMIN project for underwater exploration of flooded mines using submersible remote-controlled robots, miniaturised and adapted from deep sea technology. It will enable a full survey of the submerged workings, to gain geological and archaeological information.
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  • The Nellie Kirkham Archive

    Dec 30, 2015
    In the last 3 months PDMHS has taken in the mining history archives (courtesy of Jenny Potts and Mary Wilde at the British Caving Library) belonging to Doug Nash of Op. Mole and Eyam. Doug was the literary executor of Nellie Kirkham and came into possession of some 60 boxes of Nellie's field notes and other archive material. It was immediately obvious that this material was unique and needed to be lodged in the County Record Office at Matlock to ensure its survival in a proper environment. Accordingly, I have, over the last few weeks, been transferring this material to Matlock, and the last part of the collection was delivered just before Christmas.
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  • The Post Office Directory 1849 - Lists of the Inhabitants of Derbyshire.

    Oct 26, 2015
    During the research carried out around 2010 into the tradesmen of, and the suppliers to, High Rake Mine, at Windmill, near Great Hucklow, an database was compiled of all the inhabitants of Derbyshire who were listed in the Post Office Directory of 1849. This data has now been sorted and presented in a series of downloadable PDFs in the Resources section of the website. I hope this information may be useful to others carrying out research.
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As well as the main website news feature here, updates are also available through the events diary (for society meets and other mining history-related events) and via the PDHMS Facebook page.  For details of news and events being held by the Peak District Mining Museum, including opening times, visit their dedicated website by clicking here.