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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.
Saturday 24th January 2015
The Lumsdale Mills - Heritage Walk
This trip will take us around the sites of the former
Lumsdale Mills at Tansley, where we will see the sites of
the former bone mill and bleach works, and others.
Click here for more details.
New Exhibition at Caphouse Colliery
An exciting new interactive exhibition is open 13 October 2014 – 18 January 2015 at The National Coal Mining Museum for England, exploring the influence of the medieval mining manual De Re Metallica, entitled
"The Craft of the Miner, Agricola's Masterpiece".
This exhibition features the first edition copy of the ancient mining manual De Re Metallica by Georgius Agricola, and concentrates on its author and the book itself, exploring why it was written and how it became such an important manual in mining history.
Written over 450 years ago, De Re Metallica, was first published in 1556 in Basel, Switzerland and remained one of the most influential texts on mining for almost 200 years. The book, which is written for mining metal and minerals, is still relevant to the mining of coal and resonates as a 'masterpiece' in the industry.
The exhibition delves into mining manuals, self-help and training in mining methods up to the nineteenth century.
Many items from the Museum's collection, including texts from the library and mining tools, alongside fun child-friendly activities such as jigsaws, drawing and colouring decorated (illuminated) letters, and playing a magnetic Latin word game all complement the woodcut images illustrating mining life in medieval Germany.
The exhibition is open during Museum opening hours and is free entry.
An informative flyer is available to download by clicking here
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
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