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 Spring 2013 meets and events list, now on-line with plenty of events taking place both above and below ground.
SPRING/SUMMER 2013 MEETS LIST COMING SOON
Tuesday 2nd July 2013
Surface Walk – Ashover, Part 3 - evening mining heritage walk
An informative walk covering various sites including the famous Gregory Mine.
Click here for more details.
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 full Spring/early summer 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. 4)
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