Digital Heritage

Through the web site PDMHS is slowly moving more of our archival data on-line and we hope to do more.  It would benefit the society as a whole and individual members to take advantage of modern electronic communication facilities to improve access to information currently in personal archives too.

Many PDMHS members have personal collections of information relating to the history of mining in the Peak District: photos, locations, maps, surveys.
In the event of the death of a member,  we sometimes become recipients of those archives.  We are of course immensely grateful but the value would be greater with the knowledge and context only the owner can provide.  And we rely on the owner having had the foresight to leave instructions to provide the material to PDMHS.

The webmaster is looking at setting up some interactive internet based communication facilities to make it easier to share knowledge and resources.  An opt-in mailing list provided by MailChimp is the first of those.

Please sign up below to indicates your interest and a willingness to become involved whether that be to share information you hold, to assist with conversion and collation to digital formats or just as a matter of curiosity. We do not expect to be sending lengthy or numerous emails and every email will include an “unsubscribe” link which will be promptly and automatically acted on.

The initial aim is to establish the level of interest and then to propose further steps and invite comment.  A mailing list is a “one to many broadcast medium”, In order to improve interaction the next step would be to set up some kind of “many to many” communication system such as a WhatsApp group, a WiKi, or an on-line private forum. 

This is intended to be a member-lead initiative rather than a committee responsibility (but perhaps with some kind of flexible subcommittee or working-group structures).

We are hoping to improve information sharing between members,  to open up lines of communication to share your resources,  knowledge, expertise and provide context.  That’s not only the more “academic” data but might even extend to the opportunity to share and record personal reminiscences, information that might otherwise be un-recorded and eventually lost.

Activities we might undertake include:

  • Where members hold data they wish to make more readily available, provide a central repository for those resources
  • Collating and curating those resources with a view to making them available in the long-term, perhaps even beyond the existence of PDMHS
  • Assisting in converting resources to digital formats
  • Making more resources available online to our members rather than in a physical location such as the Museum.
  • Enhancing access to and usefulness of resources by creating searchable databases, overlaying data onto maps, indexing photo collections.
  • PDMHS already holds a substantial collection of documents, videos, photos, computer files and other resources donated by relatives of deceased members.  It would be worthwhile if we were able to render more of this more readily accessible online, especially in digital formats.  Better still would be to work with current members rather than await their demise…
The benefits are: 
  • Ensuring the decades of effort many of you have dedicated to Peak Mining History are safely stored for future generations.
  • Sharing information between members and so improving the opportunity to build on that while at the same time reducing the potential amount of duplication of effort.

We are using Mailchimp because:

  • It is free (at the low usage volumes we anticipate)
  • It requires double opt-in, that means that, having requested access, you will only receive further mailings if you respond positively to an initial email.  That prevents third-parties signing up using your email address and at the same time confirms that you have provided your address correctly.
  • The provider has very strong spam prevention measures in place. For example, if our account was found to be originating junk mail it would be closed immediately, no questions, no appeal. As a result most email account providers have agreed not to apply spam filtering to email originating from Mailchimp’s servers.  That means we can have a high degree of confidence that emails we sent will reach all the intended recipients.
  • Although “normal” email accounts allow a message to be sent to a list of recipients, it is normal to impose limits.  For example a Hotmail account is limited to 100 recipients per day – be that one email copied to 100 recipients or 10 emails each to 10 recipients (or any other permutation).
  • It provides some useful statistics.
  • The company is committed to adhering to the GDPR legislation.