Volunteering

Not only can you join us on regular guided walks and underground trips around the lead mining areas of the Peak District, but also there are opportunities to learn new skills or share your skills with others.
Getting involved is a great way to meet other people with interests in industrial archaeology, geology, social history and many other areas of relevance to the mining industry in particular, and the Peak District in general.
 
There are a wide range of projects and activities that you might like to help out with:
 
MATERIAL FOR PUBLICATIONS
The editors of the prestigious twice yearly bulletin Mining History and the quarterly newsletter are always happy to receive more contributions. We welcome short articles and news items for the newsletter and website, and more detailed and authoritative articles for Mining History
Richard, the editor of Mining History, will consider all manuscripts for publication that fall in the broad mining field, especially those on the Peak District and surrounding area. He can be contacted at editor@pdmhs.com. Guidelines for submissions to Mining History can be found here.
The newsletter editor, Steve, can be contacted at newsletter@pdmhs.com
 

PHOTOS FOR THE WEBSITE                                                                                        As part of our efforts to keep the PDMHS website fresh and up-to-date, we are always looking to include more photos taken by our members themselves. 
We are particularly keen to have pictures that include people in them (preferably looking as if they’re enjoying themselves!) of subjects such as PDMHS projects, heritage walks, underground trips or general views of lead mining scenery. 
Just a handful of your very best work is all we need. All photos used will be credited, and Industrial archaeology walk in the Peak District © Dave Warddon’t forget to include caption information. Please send the pictures as JPEG files, and if you know how to resize them, they only need to measure 1000 pixels on the longest side. If you don’t know how to resize them, just send them as they are and we can do it for you. To give you an idea of the sort of thing we’re after, here’s a photo taken on one of our recent heritage walks in Lathkill Dale. Please send your photos to meets@pdmhs.com

These are a good introduction to the Society for new members, and we need knowledgeable guides who are able to lead walks to sites of historical, archaeological or geological interest. Walks are held on weekday evenings in summer, and longer walks take place at weekends throughout the year.
If you have specialist knowledge of some part of the area you are most welcome to lead a walk.

Contact the meets coordinator, Chris, at meets@pdmhs.com

 
Underground mine trip in the Peak District © Martin LongFor reasons of safety and insurance these are members only events. Trips vary in difficulty and the equipment required. Members with caving or climbing experience (as well as knowledge of the mines to be visited) are needed to lead visits.
 
 
This large site is iconic of the Peak District Lead Mining industry, and you can’t have failed to see photos of it. Magpie is a popular visitor attraction and has the distinction of being classified as a Scheduled Monument.
Magpie lead mine, Sheldon, Peak District. Photo © Ian KirklandThere are numerous tasks – many of which demand no special skills – and any help you are able to offer is gratefully accepted. Opportunities include cutting grass, weeds and brush, sourcing, storing and preparing firewood, cleaning and painting, raking out and re-pointing mortared walls and rebuilding dry-stone walls.
Heritage Open Day is an annual September event that we need to spruce the place up for beforehand. We also need car park attendants, tour guides, refreshments servers and people to help tidy up afterwards.
At other times during the year when we are on site, we try to chat with visitors to find out what motivated them to visit, where they come from, how they heard about us – and to sell the guide booklet which summarises the mine.
There’s always plenty to do and a wide variety of skills needed at the Magpie Mine site,  contact Mave at magpiebookings@pdmhs.com 
 
New storage space for archive material at Peak District Mining MuseumThe Museum is in the Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath. Routine work is required to maintain, repair and improve displays.
2016 has seen the addition of a mezzanine floor to extend displays and storage with funding from the National Lottery.
Contact – Robin at mail@peakmines.co.uk
 
ARCHIVE WORK
The society recently acquired the collections of Doug Nash and the late Nellie Kirkham (early industrial archaeologists) which had to be put into storage at short notice. Thousands of documents, photographs and plans now need sorting and cataloguing.
Contact – John at recorder@pdmhs.com
 
The mine is just across the road from the Mining Museum in Matlock Bath.
There are occasional “gardening” days to cut back undergrowth and trees which encroach on the old quarry at the mine entrance.
Contact – Richard at editor@pdmhs.com
 
There is a small scale mining display along the vintage tram route in Crich Tramway Village and a mineral gift shop. We need help maintaining equipment and displays and staffing the shop – especially at weekends.
Contact – Martin at training@pdmhs.com
 
THE CONSERVATION TEAM
The winding engine from Long Rake Mine in the Peak DistrictWe have acquired the former steam winder from Long Rake Mine. This is now situated at Temple Mine and needs cleaning, housing, and preparing for public display. A team leader is currently needed for this this project.
Contact – Adam at conservation@pdmhs.com
  
COMMITTEE WORK
The society does not run itself but a team of volunteers meet 6 times per year to coordinate and discuss the society`s work. New committee members are welcome.
Contact – Mike at chairman@pdmhs.com