Peak District Mines Historical Society. Image shows Magpie Mine - an ancient lead mine and agents cottage, now used as the PDMHS field centre.

Welcome to the Peak District Mines Historical Society

PDMHS on Facebook

PDMHS on Facebook

PDMHS now has its own Facebook page - please 'Like' and share to get instant updates of news, events and other items of interest. Peak District Mines Historical Society Facebook Page.


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.


Upcoming Events:

Tuesday 9th June 2015
Heritage Walk The old show caverns of Matlock Bath

Taking a walk around the village of Matlock Bath taking a look at how the village was transformed from lead mining to tourism. The first show cave to open was the Cumberland in 1800; by the time the Masson Opened in 1874 the number of show caverns had shot up to 13. So come along and take a journey back in time to see how the transformation took place.

Optional food and drink afterwards at the Midland Hotel Matlock Bath.

Latest News

Additions to Web Site

Details of the latest edition of Mining History 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.


T'Owd Man - the mediaeval miner

T'Owd Man - the mediaeval miner

Side Mine, Matlock Bath.  Photo by M. Long

Side Mine, Matlock Bath.
Photo by M. Long

Blue Shaft, Engine Vein, Alderley Edge copper mines.  Photo by M. Adlam-Stiles

Blue Shaft, Engine Vein, Alderley Edge copper mines

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