Mining History – the Bulletin of the Peak District Mines Historical Society

Mining History (aka, “The Bulletin”) is PDMHS’ premier publication. It contains in-depth articles primarily relating to lead mining in the Peak District and also including (but not limited to) copper, fluorspar, calcite, chert and limestone mining. It also sometimes has articles relating to other mining areas in the UK and overseas.

It is normally published twice a year, with occasional double issues where the content merits such an approach. Members of PDMHS receive a free printed copy of each issue as it is published. In recent years we have gradually increased the number of colour pages included in each issue, which is printed on high quality paper.

A complete archive going back to the very first issue, from 1959, is held in our library at the Peak District Mining Museum in Matlock Bath. Where stocks are available, copies of some back issues can also be purchased from the Museum shop or from publications sales at

The Bulletin represents decades of effort on the part of our members.  We have made much of the content available to you at no cost.  If you’ve found the resources useful you might like to join PDMHS and benefit from additional information.

For commercial use or re-publication of any PDMHS material you should contact the society for permission.  

Selected articles from Mining History

Selected articles are available to download in PDF format. There is a searchable index of downloadable articles here. To ensure membership and sales are not adversely affected, the penultimate and current volumes are not included, i.e. a minimum of three years’ and a maximum of six years’ issues are not available for download. 

Mining History is copyright. If you wish to make any other than personal use of any part of any PDMHS publication you should contact the editor. Copyright belongs to either the original author or PDMHS.

Contributing to Mining History

The editor of Mining History will consider any articles for publication that fall in the broad mining field, especially those on the Peak District and surrounding area. He can be contacted at Guidance for contributors is available here.