Underground mine trips restarted

As members will be aware, PDMHS had to temporarily suspend underground trips last year because our existing insurance was not providing sufficient cover for underground activities. PDMHS needs more people to help us record, survey, and preserve the underground heritage of Derbyshire’s mines, so the solution we have decided on is the formation of an autonomous group within PDMHS. It will be called the Underground Exploration Group (UEG), and will apply for member club status with the British Caving Association and take part in the BCA Public Liability Insurance scheme. Continue reading

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.

Winsford Rock Salt Mine Radio Programme

Currently available to listen to on the BBC iPlayer is a radio programme about Winsford Salt Mine in Cheshire. The mine, which opened in 1844, is the last working inland salt mine left in Britain, producing rock salt for road gritting. It now consists of 136 miles of tunnels 500 feet below the Cheshire plain. The programme touches on the history of salt mining in Cheshire, what it’s like to work in the mine, the working methods, and the uses to which the worked-out areas are now being put. Continue reading

Magpie Mine Heritage Open Day Success

Our Heritage Open Day at Magpie Mine has now become a well-established annual event, and this year’s event on Sunday September 10th was the most successful yet. Despite the cold and wet weather (which could have been an excuse for anybody to stop at home and not venture out), we attracted over 340 visitors – an increase of 50% over last year’s record turn-out. Continue reading