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

Online newsletters – April edition is published

The April 2022 edition of the newsletter is now available from the Members Content area and should arrive by post within the next few days. The next edition is due out in July 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 link to all newsletters can be found in the Members Content area.

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

Peak District SSSI monitoring competition

The monitoring of caves in SSSIs is an important conservation matter.  The relevance to PDMHS is that many mines join natural caverns and some caves have been worked for minerals. To encourage participation a competition has been set up. Monitoring forms in respect of caves in the Peak District SSSIs will be entered in a prize draw and the winner will receive a £50 Starless River voucher. Full details on the DCA website at Derbyshire Caving Association. – SSSI Competition (thedca.org.uk) .

AGM afternoon presentations

Following the AGM on 13th November as has been past practise, we have some presentations after lunch. This year these will be:

  • John Hunter: Hemingfield Colliery (Elsecar) – the current status of site, conservation and historical research. (30 mins)
  • Lynn Willies: Chance Mine – following the loss of 5000 tonnes of stone in a quarry blast we were asked to investigate close-by mine workings which turned out to be particularly interesting. (30 mins).
  • Paul Smith: Wheal Vor Ltd: The electrical years 1906-1910 – the trials & tribulations of draining and re-opening an extensive, deep and wet tin mine in Cornwall, using early electrically powered pumps
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