Peak District Heritage Talks

A series of illustrated heritage talks is being held this autumn and winter at the Peak District Mining Museum in Matlock Bath. All the talks begin at 7.30pm. 

The next ones will take place on November 14th and December 5th 2017.

Tickets are £6 each (or £5 for members of PDMHS or Friends of the Pavillion). Half price for under 18s. Tea & cake in the interval are included in the price!
Tickets can be bought in advance or on the night from the Peak District Lead Mining Museum (subject to availability). Phone 01629 583834 to reserve tickets. 

These events are wheelchair accessible.

Derbyshire Heritage Event for November 2017 at the Peak District Mining Museum, Matlock BathTuesday November 14th 2017 – The Role Derbyshire Played in the National Commemoration of World War One. Why is an untidy gravestone in Carsington Churchyard connected with the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey and what has Kedleston Hall got to do with the Annual Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall? How is Middleton linked for ever with over 200,000 of the British Empire’s war dead? These are some the questions which will be answered by Charles Beresford in his talk entitled “The Forgotten Story of Derbyshire’s Major Role in the Nation’s Commemoration of the Great War”.

Derbyshire heritage event - Matlock Bath talk Dec 2017Tuesday December 5th – Matlock Bath as a Spa with Doreen Buxton. The story of the transformation of Matlock Bath from a rural spa to an inland resort – and just how successful it was.






Tuesday January 9th 2018 – The Quarries of Wirksworth. A talk by Tony Holmes on the Wirksworth quarries. This is the first of two talks on the quarries – the other will be held later in the year.

These are joint fund raising events for the Peak District Lead Mining Museum and The Matlock Bath Heritage Group.

Walk report: Castleton, Pindale and Dirtlow Rake

The group of 15 set off from Castleton to Odin mine sough tail, Trickett Bridge.
The stream bed here is stained orange due to iron in the shale the sough runs through. The valley bottom is mostly of shale with the reef limestone rising up to form Treak Cliff and Long Cliff.

A strong flow of water was rising at our next stop, Russet well, this was formerly a main source of Castleton’s water supply.  The well helps drain the Peak to Speedwell cave system, of which the large natural shaft, Titan, is a part. Continue reading

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