Peak District Heritage Talks

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

The next one will take place on Wednesday, March 7th (please note change of date).

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 all wheelchair accessible.

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

Derbyshire heritage event - Cromford and High Peak Railway talk at the Peak District Mining MuseumWednesday 7 March – the Cromford and High Peak Railway.

A talk by Andy Pollock at the Peak District Lead Mining Museum in Matlock Bath. Find out about the Cromford and High Peak Railway – why it was there, and what it connected to. 





Derbyshire heritage event April 2018Tuesday 3 April – The Arkwrights through Art

Doreen Buxton has agreed to repeat her talk on the Arkwright family as seen through art work, that she did last year to a packed audience. In this talk she shares many paintings and sketches of the Cromford Mill and Willersley Castle and considers what this can and can’t tell us about their mills, lives and homes.



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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

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