Magpie Mine Heritage Open Day 2017

Poster for the Derbyshire Heritage Open Day at Magpie Lead Mine, Sheldon, Peak DistrictThe Society is pleased to announce that one of the Heritage Open Day events in the Derbyshire Peak District will be held at the Magpie lead mine, near Sheldon, on Sunday 10th September 2017.
This free event will take place between 11.00am and 5.00pm, with the last tour starting at 4.00pm. No booking required – just turn up on the day.

The day’s events will include:
– free guided tours of the buildings and other surface features of the mine (lasting about 1 hour)
– demonstrations of blacksmith’s skills
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Peak District Heritage Talks

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

Tuesday September 12th – The Geology of Matlock Bath. To start the series, Dr. Lynn Willies will be explaining the geology of the Matlock area. The talk is aimed at a beginner/refresher level and includes pictures from both the surface and underground. Geological samples will be available for you to see and handle.

Tuesday October 10th – Images of Matlock Bath, Matlock and Cromford. An illustrated talk by Glynn Waite sharing some of the images of old Matlock Bath, Matlock & Cromford.

Tuesday November 14th – 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”.

Tuesday December 5th – Matlock Bath as a Spa with Doreen Buxton.

Tuesday January 9th 2018 – The Quarries of Wirksworth with Tony Holmes.

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. See here for further details of the location and for directions.

These events are wheelchair accessible.

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

Castleton Geology Walk – a Report

On the 23rd April 2017 a group of 16 people assembled at Mam Tor to go on a walk led by Steve Conquest to explore the Geology of Derbyshire. The weather was glorious and sunny, with clear views guaranteed. 

To help explain some of the principles of geology and landscape, handout sheets had been made available in advance, which displayed diagrams of various features that would be seen on the walk.
The group was introduced to the theory of plate tectonics, continental drift and mountain building – all of which were fundamental in the geology which we were going to see. Other important concepts, such as erosion, deposition, delta and reef formation were also introduced. The walk started by going to the summit of Mam Tor to appreciate the landscape produced by some of these geological phenomena. Continue reading

Magpie Mine Square Chimney Repairs Completed

The repair work to the Square Chimney, the associated ground level flue and the small building at the base of the chimney at Magpie Mine (that were reported in our previous article), have now been completed. The casual observer might comment: “I can’t see what you’ve done!” And so it should be. The object has been to preserve the appearance of the chimney whilst making sure that it will remain standing for many years to come. You can come and see for yourself the work that has been carried out at our National Heritage Open Day event on September 11th. Continue reading

Magpie Lead Mine Repairs Begin

Work has started to repair some of the oldest buildings at the Magpie Mine near Sheldon. The site (which is managed by the Peak District Mines Historical Society) is a Scheduled Monument, and probably the best preserved example of a C19th lead mine in Britain. The buildings at Magpie Mine, which are constructed from the local limestone, suffer from the severe weather conditions experienced on the exposed limestone plateau, and a 2013 survey (funded by Natural England) identified some £250,000 of repair work needed to maintain them in a safe and viable condition for the future.

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