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The National Association
of Mining History Organisations

We were formed in 1979 to act as the national body for mining history in the United Kingdom. There are now over 70 member organisations, including societies, museums, firms, etc. and membership now extends to Ireland. On this site, you will find out more about NAMHO, its aims, its members and its contribution to the mining heritage.

Active mine explorers will also find guidance on managing archaeological finds underground as well as how to lead groups of novices and experienced explorers.

Armchair miners are also catered for with an extensive bibliography.

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The organisers of the 2020 conference commissioned a limited number of special tokens to be given to paying delegates. As the Conference was cancelled, no tokens were issued. Tokens can now be bought from NAMHO as we hold a stock of them and are keen to recover the cost. First of all, we are offering them for sale to delegates, then later on, ...


The Coronavirus crisis continues, but there are signs of optimism, and hopefully many of us may be vaccinated against the disease by the time NAMHO 2021 takes place.The Shropshire Caving and Mining Club still intends to hold a Conference in South Shropshire (2nd to 5th July 2021), and some progress been made in its planning. The Conference ...


Feb 04, 2021, 10:41

The venue for the 2021 NAMHO conference will be the village hall at Norbury in South Shropshire (see Location SY9 5EA). This has been chosen to provide the flexibility required to run the conference whatever restrictions may be in place in July. There is no accommodation facility at the hall but South ...


If you are thinking of attending the conference, then please read the fuller item below about the plans being made in Shropshire. In the meantime, if you are interested, then please email to so that the organisers can get some idea of numbers.


The launch has been announced of the first source of information for the newly set up "Hub" for storing and sharing sources for research relating to cultural heritage. A fully searchable online database of information about 18th Century engines in the UK has been produce based on the work carried out over more than forty years by John ...