Peak District Mines Historical Society
Promoting and preserving mining heritage
(Registered charity No. 504662)

Welcome to the Peak District Mines Historical Society

Welcome to the new PDMHS website.  We're currently migrating content from the old site to here - a process that will take a little time as there is a substantial body of material that we need to migrate in a controlled and organised fashion.  If you can't find what you are looking for here, the old site can still be accessed at: http://archive.pdmhs.com

The Peak District National Park and much of the surrounding countryside was once mined extensively for Lead, Fluorspar, Barytes, Copper, Calcite and other minerals. Much of the now-familiar and naturalised landscape has been modified considerably by ancient miners, with hillocks, old lead veins, engine houses and mine buildings forming an integral part of the modern-day landscape. Across the area are many archaeological features relating to mining activities – some dating back several hundred years, some considerably more recent.

The Peak District Mines Historical Society exists to preserve these important industrial heritage sites, and to promote interest and understanding in mines, mining and minerals – and in the fascinating and varied mining history.

Through this website, we hope to present to a wider audience the aims, objectives, activities and resources of the society.


Interested in joining the Peak District Mines Historical Society?
Then go to the"joining PDMHS" page of this website to find out more - or you can simply download a PDMHS Membership form if you prefer.


Want to come along to one of our meets?

Take a look at the latest meets and events list, now on-line with plenty of events taking place both above and below ground. 

Latest News:

  • Magpie Mine Heritage Open Day

    Aug 28, 2016
    The Society is pleased to announce that one of the Heritage Open Day events in the Derbyshire Peak District will be held at the Magpie lead mine, near Sheldon, on 11th September 2016. This free event will take place between 11.00am and 5.00pm. No booking required - just turn up on the day.
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  • Magpie Mine Square Chimney Repairs Completed

    Aug 28, 2016
    The repairs to the Square Chimney, the associated ground level flue and the small building at the base of the chimney at Magpie Mine have now been completed. The object has been to preserve the appearance of the chimney whilst making sure that it will remain standing for many years to come.
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  • Magpie Lead Mine Repairs Begin

    Jul 12, 2016
    Work has started to repair some of the oldest buildings at the Magpie Mine near Sheldon. The site (which is managed by the Peak District Mines Historical Society) is a Scheduled Monument, and probably the best preserved example of a C19th lead mine in Britain. The buildings at Magpie Mine, which are constructed from the local limestone, suffer from the severe weather conditions experienced on the exposed limestone plateau, and a 2013 survey (funded by Natural England) identified some £250,000 of repair work needed to maintain them in a safe and viable condition for the future.
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  • Wyatt account book purchased by PDMHS

    May 20, 2016
    PDMHS have just purchased an account book covering the years 1783 to 1802 belonging to William Wyatt, the grandfather of the similarly named 19th century mining agent, from an antiquarian bookseller in York
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  • International Early Engines Conference 2017 – Preliminary Announcement

    Mar 29, 2016
    The inaugural International Early Engines Conference (IEEC hereafter) will be held at The Ironworks, Elsecar, South Yorkshire in May 11-13, 2017. The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for presentation and discussion of new research into heat engines prior to 1812.
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