Online newsletters – April 2024 edition is published

The April 2024 edition of the newsletter is now available from the newsletter archive on the members’ website and should arrive by post within the next few days. The financial report for the year to end March 2023 is also available from the archive as a “supplement”. The next edition is due out in July 2024 and contributions are solicited by the first day of June.

We aim to add the latest newsletter to the website at the same time printed copies are distributed.

The printed newsletter is monochrome, in recent online copies photos are reproduced in full colour. 

Heritage Open Day 10 Sept 2023

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.

Caving films screening

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

Museum developments

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