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 Autumn/Winter 2013 meets and events list, now on-line with plenty of events taking place both above and below ground.
Saturday 7th December 2013
The Millstone Industry of Stanage Edge - Daytime Walk
This walk will take us around the Stanage Edge area looking at the industry of millstone manufacture.
Click here for more details.
PLEASE NOTE: CHANGE OF DATE FOR STANAGE EDGE WALK
Due to unforeseen circumstances, there has been a change of date for this walk. We apologise for the late notice of this change.
The walk will now take place on SATURDAY 7 DECEMBER instead of SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER. The meeting time and place will remain the same.
Tony Wood - Walk Leader
Heritage Day Event at Magpie Mine
This year's Heritage Day event saw 112 people visit Magpie Mine. The site opened to visitors from 12.00 noon
and guided tours of the mine site took place throughout the afternoon. There were refreshments and a souvenir stall.
I'd just like to say a big thank you to everyone who gave their time and helped to make Heritage Day the success it was.
Thanks go to Mike, Mavis, Lynn, Keith, Lilian, Alison, Martin, Paul, Andy and Alan for helping out; I must apologise if I've missed anyone's names out.
Thank you once again,
Tony Wood (Heritage Day Organizer)
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