Peak District Heritage Talks

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

The next ones will take place on November 14th and December 5th 2017.

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 wheelchair accessible.

Derbyshire Heritage Event for November 2017 at the Peak District Mining Museum, Matlock BathTuesday November 14th 2017 – The Role Derbyshire Played in the National Commemoration of World War One. Why is an untidy gravestone in Carsington Churchyard connected with the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey and what has Kedleston Hall got to do with the Annual Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall? How is Middleton linked for ever with over 200,000 of the British Empire’s war dead? These are some the questions which will be answered by Charles Beresford in his talk entitled “The Forgotten Story of Derbyshire’s Major Role in the Nation’s Commemoration of the Great War”.

Derbyshire heritage event - Matlock Bath talk Dec 2017Tuesday December 5th – Matlock Bath as a Spa with Doreen Buxton. The story of the transformation of Matlock Bath from a rural spa to an inland resort – and just how successful it was.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday January 9th 2018 – The Quarries of Wirksworth. A talk by Tony Holmes on the Wirksworth quarries. This is the first of two talks on the quarries – the other will be held later in the year.

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

Walk report: Castleton, Pindale and Dirtlow Rake

The group of 15 set off from Castleton to Odin mine sough tail, Trickett Bridge.
The stream bed here is stained orange due to iron in the shale the sough runs through. The valley bottom is mostly of shale with the reef limestone rising up to form Treak Cliff and Long Cliff.

A strong flow of water was rising at our next stop, Russet well, this was formerly a main source of Castleton’s water supply.  The well helps drain the Peak to Speedwell cave system, of which the large natural shaft, Titan, is a part. Continue reading

Goodluck Mine – Underground Mine Trip

Sunday 5th November 2017. Meet 9.45am for 10.00am start.
Leader: Paul Chandler(GLMPC/PDMHS).  
Meet in the layby below the mine spoil tip in the Via Gellia on the A5012 (grid ref SK 269566). If the layby is full, further parking is available in the next layby up the Via Gellia (heading west), approx 0.5 mile away. A map showing the layby can be seen here.   

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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