Jim Rieuwerts

It is with great sadness that we have to report that Jim Rieuwerts passed away on Thursday 5 November. Jim was one of the three who arranged the 1959 public meeting that resulted in the foundation of PDMHS. In the years that followed Jim researched the mines of the Peak extensively, publishing the results of this work as widely as possible and becoming recognised as the leading authority on Peak District mining history. He was for many years a member of the Barmote Court jury, and had long been the jury foreman due to his expertise in the intricacies of Peak mining law. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

We are compiling an obituary for the next Newsletter, please send any memories of Jim to newsletter@pdmhs.com by the 20th November.

2020 AGM postponed

With the Government announcement that England would go into four weeks’ full lockdown with effect from Thursday 5th November,  we will not be able to hold the AGM as planned. Where those who had applied for tickets should by now have received an e-mail to this effect so that they can start cancelling any travel or accommodation arrangements in good time.

Improved communications

We have created two new communications channels for members, full details can be found in the Members Only area (see “Improved Communications” in the “Members Content” menu) and in the latest newsletter.

PDMHS Announce will be used for simple and infrequent announcements relating to official PDMHS activities by email. It is open to members and non-members. To sign up

  • Send an empty email to pdmhs-announce+subscribe@googlegroups.com.
  • Reply to the confirmation mail (check your spam/junk folder if you don’t receive this within a few minutes). Don’t click the “Join This Group” link.
  • You should then receive an acknowledgement.

PDMHS Field Chat is a members-only place for group discussion and communications about mining history.