Museum Heritage Events

The Peak District Lead Mining Mueum (part of PDMHS) hosts Derbyshire Heritage Events and offers Guided Heritage Walks in Derbyshire – for dates, times, costs and other details please check the Museum Web Site news page or their Facebook page.

Derbyshire Heritage Talks are hosted at the Museum in Matlock Bath. Talks are on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 and cover a wide range of historical aspects of the area, including the mining heritage but also industrial archaeology, folk-lore and social history in Derbyshire. These heritage events are well attended and tickets should be purchased in advance (at the museum or by phone to 01629 583834) to avoid disappointment. Tickets cost £6 (£5 to PDMHS members and Friends of the Pavilion).

Derbyshire Heritage Event - The Poisonous History of Lead Mining and SmeltingNovember 6th – The poisonous legacy of lead mining & smelting 

Dr Lynn Willies will be explaining why certain parts of Derbyshire and the Peak District have higher lead levels and the impact this can have.  
He will give some clues to place names which are linked to smelting sites and will, of course, go into gory detail about the effect of lead on the human body!!

Limestone quarries in Wirksworth DerbyshireDecember 4th – The Wirksworth quarries

Explore the last 300 years of limestone quarrying in Wirksworth with speaker Tony Holmes. Tony has a huge collection of drawings, pictures and photographs of the quarries that he has worked in and studied over much of his life.

Hazards of lead mining in DerbyshireJanuary 8th 2019 – Mining hazards

A talk by Dr Richard Shaw.

Discover the dangers faced by Derbyshire miners and the dangers that remain long after the work stops.

 

5 February 2019 – The Eyam Plague

5 March – Folk lore, calendar customs and annual events in the Peak District

2 April – Archaeology of the 18th & 19th century steam engines in the Peak district 

Please note that the schedule is subject to change, you are advised to check with the Museum.


The guided heritage walks are led by local expert Tony Wood. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the Peak District Lead Mining Museum in Matlock Bath. Not only does Tony have an extensive knowledge of local lead mining history, but also the people and places. His walks have usually been sold out and attract many “repeat visitors”. You can buy tickets in person at the Museum (check the Museum web site for opening times) or you can email here or phone 01629 583834. Card payments can be taken over the phone for a minimum of 2 or more tickets.

Evening walks begin at 7.00pm and aim to finish by 9.00pm. The starting point will be given when you purchase your tickets.

Independently of the Museum, PDMHS also operates a series of free heritage walks and underground trips. For underground trips, BCA public liability insurance is mandatory – this can be arranged for PDMHS members by the Society’s Underground Exploration Group.

Heritage walk report: Ecclesall Woods 22 Aug 2018

This was an experiment to see if a mid-week daytime walk would attract any participants.  It did, 11 on the walk (could have been more, a further 2 missed the start point and one had to cancel).

It was also an experiment from the leader’s perspective, claiming limited knowledge and welcoming corrections and additions from the participants.  That aspect worked out OK too.

It was a pleasant woodland walk of about 7km featuring, as well as some items of lead-processing interest and extractive industries, other natural resources and non mining historical features dating as far back as 2-3000 BC.

A map and full details are available on this web site to logged-in members as a PDF.

Magpie Mine Heritage open day: 16 Sept 2018

The 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 16th September 2018.

The day’s events will include:
– guided tours of the buildings and other surface features of the mine. Tours take place on the hour from 11.00am to 4.00pm, with the last tour starting at 4.00pm. (Tours last about 1 hour). No booking required – just turn up on the day.
– light refreshments including tea and coffee

There is no charge for entry or for the guided tours but donations to PDMHS to help fund the upkeep of the site are most welcome.

No underground access is possible at Magpie Mine but you can safely look down the mine shaft which is over 700ft deep.  If you would like to visit some historic underground lead mining workings our Museum in Matlock Bath offers guided tours of Temple Mine a short walk from the museum.  See the museum web site for times and prices. 
For more extensive mine exploration members of PDMHS can join our Underground Exploration Group.

The Magpie Mine is the best preserved example of a 19th century lead mine anywhere in Britain, and was in use from at least 1650 until 1958 – the last working lead mine in Derbyshire. It is now a Scheduled Monument, and is looked after by the Peak District Mines Historical Society. You can read more about the history of Magpie Mine here.

There is no vehicle access to the mine site itself, but cars can be left on the road close to the mine. A short walk along a track leads to the mine buildings, which are situated near the village of Sheldon in the Peak District, three miles west of Bakewell, and two miles east of Monyash. The event will be signposted from the A6 at Ashford-in-the-Water and other roads which lead to the site. Use postcode DE45 1QU to find it on sat-nav, or click here to see the location on Google maps.
Sturdy footwear is advised because parts of the site are quite rough. The site, at over 1000ft above sea level on the limestone plateau is quite exposed, so a wind- and waterproof jacket is also advisable.

This event is not suitable for children under the age of 5.  Visitors are asked to take care not to interfere with any aspect of this Scheduled Monument to ensure the site, with its historic artefacts and buildings, remains in good condition for the enjoyment and education of future generations. 

More about Magpie and other Heritage Open Days. 

 

Website offline 11/7/18

The PDMHS web site was offline for 10 hours on 11 July. The webmaster spotted the problem within a few minutes and raised a support ticket with our web host CWCS.  They found that a cluster of servers was affected. Rebuilding and restoring from backups then took about 10 hours. To put it in context this represents 99.9% availability on an annual basis against a target of 99.99%. Although regrettable, even business critical computer systems do experience occasional technical issues and reliability remains far better than, for example, TSBs recent 5 day outage.

Emails sent to PDMHS addresses will have been delayed until the server recovered.

CWCS maintains backup copies of all web sites they host but in addition we take our own daily off-site copy of the PDMHS site.  This places us in the position that, should the need arise, we could restore the web site to a different hosting service.

Ivor Brown memorial day 27 Oct 2018

Dr Ivor Brown was a pioneer in the documentation of Yorkshire’s coal mining heritage.  He wrote or contributed to numerous articles in PDMHS Bulletin of Mining History.

The Friends of The Ironbridge Gorge Museums and the Shropshire Caving & Mining Club are holding a day of talks and films in memory of Dr Ivor Brown, Saturday 27th October 2018 in the Glass Classroom, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Offices, Coalbrookdale. Details here.