Magpie Mine Heritage Open Day 2017

Poster for the Derbyshire Heritage Open Day at Magpie Lead Mine, Sheldon, Peak DistrictThe Society is pleased to announce that one of the Heritage Open Day events in the Derbyshire Peak District will be held at the Magpie lead mine, near Sheldon, on Sunday 10th September 2017.
This free event will take place between 11.00am and 5.00pm, with the last tour starting at 4.00pm. No booking required – just turn up on the day.

The day’s events will include:
– free guided tours of the buildings and other surface features of the mine (lasting about 1 hour)
– demonstrations of blacksmith’s skills
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Magpie Mine Square Chimney Repairs Completed

The repair work to the Square Chimney, the associated ground level flue and the small building at the base of the chimney at Magpie Mine (that were reported in our previous article), have now been completed. The casual observer might comment: “I can’t see what you’ve done!” And so it should be. The object has been to preserve the appearance of the chimney whilst making sure that it will remain standing for many years to come. You can come and see for yourself the work that has been carried out at our National Heritage Open Day event on September 11th. Continue reading

Magpie Lead Mine Repairs Begin

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

By Adam Russell.

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. This book contains information relating to Watergrove, Chapeldale and other mines; Society member John Hunter noticed that it was being offered for sale on eBay, and after a flurry of discussion by email the decision was taken to secure this item so it could be deposited as part of D6967, the Peak District Mines Historical Society Collection, in the Derbyshire Record Office where other Wyatt papers are held, rather than risk it passing into a private collection where it would not be available for study. Continue reading

International Early Engines Conference 2017

By Dave Williams

The inaugural International Early Engines Conference (IEEC hereafter) will be held at The Ironworks, Elsecar, South Yorkshire on May 11-13th 2017. The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for presentation and discussion of new research into heat engines prior to 1812.

Headline Theme – “Newcomen & colleagues achievements untainted by the smokescreens of Watt”

Background – A wide range of new field and desk research into early engines lacks an obvious outlet, forum or focus and this is the underpinning rationale for IEEC. The event design is based on the International Early Railways Conference (IERC). Repeat conferences are anticipated every 4-5 years. Continue reading