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

Welcome to 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

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. 

Latest News:

  • 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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  • Derbyshire Record Office Study Day - Our Lead Heritage - "A History of Lead Mining in Derbyshire”

    Apr 28, 2016
    Study Day: Our Lead Heritage - "A History of Lead Mining in Derbyshire”. Derbyshire Record Office, New Street, Matlock, DE4 3FE, Tuesday, 19th July 2016 Join historian Matthew Pawelski in an exploration of Derbyshire's rich lead-mining history, especially suitable for those new to the subject. These three independent 90-minute sessions will together form a comprehensive introductory course for those wishing to embark on the study of this rich aspect of Derbyshire's historic heritage. Each session will include the use of original documents from the Derbyshire Record Office.
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  • A Derbyshire Record Office Course - Palaeography - the art of reading old handwriting

    Apr 16, 2016
    Learn the art of palaeography, the reading of old handwriting, at Derbyshire Record Office. This course is back by popular demand - having been first run very successfully in 2015. Using archives from the record office’s collections, these five practical sessions, designed for beginners, will introduce the skills needed to read old hand writing from 16th to 18th centuries. This course is highly recommended for both new and experienced researchers.
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  • 11th International Mining History Congress, Linares, Spain

    Mar 29, 2016
    11TH INTERNATIONAL MINING HISTORY CONGRESS “Mines: History and Influences in Industrial and Social Development of Mining Communities". 6th to 11th September 2016.
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