PDMHS hosts free guided tours at Magpie Mine during the annual UK Heritage Open Days. No need to book, just turn up. The event is usually very well attended and parking space is limited, however the site is on several footpaths so why not park nearby and enjoy a short stroll through the fields. It’s easy to find: two tall chimneys!
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Heritage Open Day website posting for the Magpie Mine event
It’s a busy day and PDMHS members are welcome to come along to help, not just on the day but before and after for set-up and tidy-up.
The Stoke on Trent Museum Archaeological Society is holding a free day of lectures at the Potteries Museum in Hanley on Saturday 18/3/23. All are welcome and more details can be found on the society web site and on the booking page at Staffordshire Archaeology Day Tickets, Sat 18 Mar 2023 at 10:00 | Eventbrite
There is an upcoming event which may be of interest as some PDMHS members are also cavers.
2-3 September 2022: “Spirit Of Adventure” at Sheffield Cathedral.
The caving specific features are
The Ario Dream: The Quest for Europe’s Deepest Cave trailer
THE RESCUE the enthralling, against-all-odds story of the daring rescue of twelve boys and their coach from deep inside a flooded cave in Northern Thailand in 2018. British cave divers played the leading role in the rescue. Trailer
The Honour Of Being Human audio story and caving exhibit
We are exploring the opportunity to relocate the museum to National Stone Centre near Wirksworth. This will be a new-build project to create a world class visitor experience and an internationally significant centre of excellence for the quarrying and mineral products industry on the existing site. The NSC merged with IQ, the Institute of Quarrying, in 2021.
The Museum is very highly rated on TripAdvisor as a visitor attraction and the new build will include space designed to accommodate the Mining Museum collection.
The NSC site is a 40-acre SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). Visitor features include a half mile self guided outdoor Geo-Trail through the disused limestone quarries whose rocks once formed part of a tropical island with shallow lagoons, barrier reefs and white sand beaches! These rocks are packed with fossils including corals, brachiopods and crinoids.
Follow the ongoing progress on the Museum web site Developments pages
The monitoring of caves in SSSIs is an important conservation matter. The relevance to PDMHS is that many mines join natural caverns and some caves have been worked for minerals. To encourage participation a competition has been set up. Monitoring forms in respect of caves in the Peak District SSSIs will be entered in a prize draw and the winner will receive a £50 Starless River voucher. Full details on the DCA website at Derbyshire Caving Association. – SSSI Competition (thedca.org.uk) .