The library holds a substantial amount of material relevant to the Peak District and lead mining in particular.
The main assets are:
Journals and Newsletters
Many of the links below go to the relevant organisations’ complete list of publications in order to provide comprehensive coverage – the library holds copies of some of these. Beyond this we have fragmentary runs of much other material. Please enquire.
- PDMHS Bulletins and Newsletters
- Northern Mine Research Society (NMRS) Monographs, Memoirs and Newsletters
- Der Anschnitt and other publications of the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, Bochum
- Journals and Newsletters of the Historical Metallurgy Society
- Association of Industrial Archaeology’s Industrial Archaeology Review etc.
- East Midland Geological Society’s The Mercian Geologist
Maps and Plans
Miscellaneous Records, Files, Off-prints and other Material
- Nellie Kirkham’s notebooks
- Lead Miners Heyday – A Book by Ron Slack (PDF)
- Peak District Mining Laws & Customs
- Reports of HM Inspectors of Mines
- Catalogue of Books, Bound Volumes, Plans and Papers in the Doug Nash collection (PDF)
Archive boxes and binders
We have many collections of historic photographs – highlights of some of them can be found in various photo galleries on this web site. Notable collections include:
- Harry Parker’s collection
- Lynn Willies’ slide collection (mining sites all over the world from Winster to Rajasthan and Alaska.)
- Doug Nash and Operation Mole
The library is continually being added to, more of the existing content is being digitised and, where appropriate, made available on-line.
See this page for a Catalogue of the CD Collection
Access to the Library.
Only the Recorder, assistant and Museum Staff have access to the storage area.
Please contact the Museum to make arrangements to visit. Subject to availability, the items you wish to see can be made available along with a workspace and photocopying facilities.
A catalogue of the library is available for consultation. It is incomplete, so do ask the staff whether there may be more material relating to your area of interest.
A postal loan scheme is available for members of the Society who are unable to visit the library in person.