Heritage Open Days 8 and 15 Sept 2024

On September 8th, PDMHS is running 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! For more details, see the Heritage Open Day website posting for the Magpie Mine event.

On September 15th, we will be taking people underground at the Ecton copper mines. Booking is required for this event. Details about the event and booking instructions may be found on the Heritage Open Days website page for Ecton Copper Mines.


Online newsletters – July 2024 edition is published

The July 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 next edition is due out in October 2024 and contributions are solicited by the first day of September.

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. 

Mining History Volumes 19 and 20 Now Available Online

Papers from volumes 19 and 20 have now been uploaded and can be searched by title.

The added papers are:

  • The Geological Setting of the Old Lead Mines of Ashover and Crich, Derbyshire
  • A Gazetteer and History of the Lead Mines within the Liberty of Tideswell, Derbyshire: 1189-1945
  • Letter to the Editor – Manganese Mining at Nuneaton
  • The Mines of Middleton Flats
  • Derbyshire Roman Lead Pigs and ‘Lutudarum’
  • Coal Mining near Buxton: Thatch Marsh, Orchard Common and Goyt’s Moss
  • Managing the Environmental Legacies of Frongoch Lead and Zinc Mine
  • The Monks Who Mined?
  • New investigations and new ideas on Prehistoric-Roman metal mining and smelting in Wales
  • Silver in Queensland: The Problem of Ore Processing
  • Lead Mining Landscapes of Southern Spain
  • Medieval mining in Saxony – Selected Results from Excavations of High Medieval Silver Mines in Dippoldiswalde and Niederpöbel
  • Penmaenmawr Quarries
  • Lead and Zinc mining in Flintshire – the engineering legacy for new development
  • The Neston Coalfield
  • Management of the Mining Heritage on Mynydd Parys
  • Coal Mining on the Peak District’s Eastern Uplands during the 16th to Early-20th Centuries
  • A 13th Century Mining Dispute in the Central Orefields
  • A History and Gazetteer of the Lead Mines within the Private Liberty or Lordship of Hazlebadge, Derbyshire: 1292-1947
  • The 1788 Boulton and Watt Engine House at Ecton: Archaeological Excavations 2012-14
  • Quarrying Chert at Bakewell: A Detailed Archaeological Survey of Pretoria Mine and Observations on Holme Bank, Holme Hall and Endcliffe Mines
  • Index to Mining History – Vol. 19 Nos. 1-6
  • Mining a Globalized World – Local Impacts and International Linkages of the British Exploitation of the Cerro Muriano Mine (Spain, 1897-1919)
  • The Ecton Mines 1880s Dressing Shed Archaeological Evaluation Excavations – November-December 2015
  • Clear The Way or Black Hillock Mine, Tideswell Moor, Derbyshire: c. 1711 – 1940s
  • Ancient Mining Features in the Wigpool Iron Ore Mine, Forest Of Dean, Gloucestershire
  • Watergrove Mine, Foolow, Derbyshire: Excavating a 1794-95 Newcomen Engine House and a History of the Mine
  • The Daisy Knowl Underground Stone Quarry, Longnor, Staffordshire
  • Quarrying Black Marble at Ashford: A Detailed Archaeological Survey of Rookery and Arrock Mines, with an Outline History of Extraction
  • Mandale Mine, Lathkill Dale, Over Haddon, Derbyshire: Survey and Interpretation
  • A History and Gazetteer of the Lead Mines upon Eyam Edge, Derbyshire: 1711-1940
  • Coal Mining Near Buxton: Dane, Blackclough and Knotbury Collieries
  • A Smelting Miscellany No. 4 Sargill Lead Smelting Mill and the Development of the Ore Hearth
  • The Coal Mines of Bugsworth, Beard and Ollersett Moors
  • The Re-opening of Longcliffe Mine, Castleton
  • Longcliffe Mine, Castleton Liberty The Recorded History
  • Maps and Sections of a Silver-Lead Mine at Combe Martin, Devon
  • Excavations at Watts Shaft, Old Mill Close Mine, 1973-1981
  • A History and Gazetteer of the Lead Mines around the Village Of Eyam. 1587 – 1988
  • The Restoration of the Deep Ecton Level Entrance in October to November 2018

Members can also access volume 21 from the Members’ Site.


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