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

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 11th November 2014
Holme Bank Chert Mine - Underground Meet (Evening)
The mine is quite extensive, with over 2 miles of passages, and is an ideal novice trip. No restriction on numbers.
Click here for more details.

Latest News

Sad news - Wes Taylor

Many of our membership will be saddened to hear that Society member Wes Taylor passed away on Sunday 12 October 2014.

Wes loyally served the Society for many years since joining in the 1970s, and held many committee positions including Deputy Chairman, Chairman, Hon. Treasurer, Newsletter Editor and Membership Secretary, conducting each one of these essential roles with great skill and dedication, in some cases for a very long time. An obituary will appear in a future issue of the Society newsletter.

Wes and his input to the Society will be greatly missed. For information for those who may wish to attend his funeral, it will be held at Bretby Crematorium at 11.15am this coming Saturday 25 October 2014.

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.

 

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. http://www.keswickminingmuseum.co.uk/

Additions to Web Site

February 2012

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.

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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