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 membership application 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.
January 2014 Newsletter
If any members have NOT received their copy of the January 2014 PDMHS Newsletter please either email firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone the Mining Museum (01629 583384) with a message for Laura Smith. Please state your name
and membership number
and if it is the paper
edition you have not received.
Tuesday 11th March 2014
Wapping Mine, Matlock Bath - Evening Underground Meet
Unfortunately this trip has had to be postponed until later in 2014
Click here for more details.
Thursday 20th March 2014
Images of Matlock Gorge- views between Cromford and Matlock Bridge before 1870 - Evening Presentation
An illustrated talk by Dr. Lynn Willies and Clare Herbert, in the Pump Room at the Mining Museum Thursday 20th March at 7pm.
Tickets on the door £3 or £2.50 for Friends of the Pavilion.
This is a Grand Pavilion event rather than a PDMHS event, but all are welcome.
Proposal for Restoration of Perennial Flow in the River Lathkill upstream of Bubble Springs
There will be a 'roadshow' at Aldern House, Bakewell (PDNP) on Thursday 23rd January 2014 to discuss proposals for restoring
perennial flow in the Lathkill. Doors will open 18:45 for a 19:00 start and the meeting is expected to last for about 2.5 hours.
There will be talks by Warren Slaney (Haddon Estate); Jenny Phillips (EA); Kevin Bull (NE), Rhodri Thomas (PDNP) & John Gunn
with plenty of time for discussion.
The intention is that this should be an open meeting so any caver / mine explorer with an interest in the area is welcome to
attend. This proposal would have an effect on underground sites such as Magpie Sough and the Lathkill area caves and mines.
You can download the relevant report via this link.
However, pre-registration is necessary as if there is a significant demand the event will be switched to a larger venue.
Please could anyone planning to attend send an email to John Gunn ( j.gunn.1 @ bham.ac.uk ).
New Ecton Mines book published
The Ecton mines are one of the most important
historic mining sites in Britain, long worked for copper and to lesser extent for lead and zinc
This is a new book on the Ecton Mines by John Barnatt (with contributions by Rhodri Thomas, Simon Timberlake,
and William K Whitehead).
A new, detailed study of the mine workings and a search for understanding of how they were worked
and how and when they were created.
Available from 1st August 2013 - please click on the image to download a PDF document with full details of how to order.
Keswick Mining Museum now closed
Due to the retirement of its founder Ian Tyler, the entire Keswick Mining Museum collection has been sold and the Museum itself closed on 27 October 2012.
Additions to Web Site
Lead miners' heyday: the great days of mining in Wirksworth and the Low Peak of Derbyshire, by Ron Slack
Now available to download, one of one of the books written by Ron Slack. Originally he
self-published this but has now run out of copies. Therefore he has kindly offered to make this available
direct from the PDMHS web site. To start downloading this publication now, please click here.
The summer/autumn 2013 meets list will soon be on-line. Please check here for any updates to your printed newsletter.
Details of the latest edition of Mining History (Volume 18 No. 5)
are now on-line. This is free to paid-up members; non-members
who would like to purchase a copy are advised to contact the Mining Museum at Matlock Bath