INTER-NAMHO CONFERENCE 2020
 CORNWALL, UK
 "Copper, tin and gold"

NAMHO CONFERENCE - 2020 - CORNWALL

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Events on Friday 03/04/2020

13:30

U31 - Test Mine

Date : 03/04/2020    Time : 13:30 - 18:00

Meet : Coach travel only - leaves Redruth School

Details : A very rare opportunity is offered: a hands-on Air-Leg Drilling "experience". To enabling Delegates to understand how holes are produced in Rock by Hand operated air-tools. Because of the limited numbers, there may be a lottery to select successful applicants.

Rating : Easy          Kit : Helmet and lamps and toe-caped boots required (Some may be available for loan!)          Insurance required : Underground

Space available : None

Price : £ 7

Events on Saturday 04/04/2020

13:00

U41 - Rosemurgy Mine Nr Zennor

Date : 04/04/2020    Time : 13:00 - 18:00

Meet : Transport yet to be sorted - will leave Redruth School

Details : This is a very ancient Tin mine sett identified in records of 1780 as “ancient workings”. There are three adits in from the cliff which link giving a rare through trip for the FIT and Medium/Thin people ONLY.ALL Narrow/very narrow workings. Entry by Adits and a Cliff edge walk

Rating : Difficult          Kit : Helmet and lamps and toe-caped boots required (Some may be available for loan!)          Insurance required : Underground

Space available : None

Price : £ 7

13:00

U42 - Wheal Hermon in Cot Valley St Just

Date : 04/04/2020    Time : 13:00 - 18:00

Meet : Transport yet to be sorted - will leave Redruth School

Details : An interesting old Tin mine recorded working in the C1700s and has been reworked at various times with mixed methods of operating. Competent and SRT skills required.Entry by Adits and a Cliff edge walk.

Rating : Difficult          Kit : SRT          Insurance required : Underground

Space available : None

Price : £ 7

13:00

U43 - Rosevale Mine Nr Zennor

Date : 04/04/2020    Time : 13:00 - 18:00

Meet : Coach Travel only leaving Redruth School at 13:00

Details : This old Tin mine has been a hobby project for Tony, Mike, Wayne and Adam for many years. The mine was driven on two main adits with working above and below connected at the far end. Little recorded information exists of these operations. The atmosphere within this mine is that the ,iners have just left for the day! Vertical ladder-ways connects the two adits.

Rating : Moderate          Kit : Helmet and lamps and toe-caped boots required (Some may be available for loan!)          Insurance required : Underground

Space available : 2

Price : £ 7

Tony

Events on Monday 06/04/2020

09:00

U62 - South Crofty Mine

Date : 06/04/2020    Time : 09:00 - 12:30

Meet : Coach travel only - leaves Redruth School at time shown

Details : An exceptional opportunity to visit this the last Cornish Tin Mine to close, and recently attempting to reopen. However whilst getting prepared it requires the price of Tin to rise again.The tour will consist of a walk with short ladderways through the Decline Route

Rating : Easy          Kit : Helmet and lamps and toe-caped boots required (Some may be available for loan!)          Insurance required : Underground

Space available : None

Price : £ 7

09:30

U61 - Test Mine

Date : 06/04/2020    Time : 09:30 - 12:30

Meet : Coach travel only - leaves Redruth School at time shown

Details : A walk around this private Rock Drill testing mine used by Holmans Engineering then reused by Camborne School of Mines for all underground training practices. Culminating in another rare experience - that of feeling an underground explosion = the "Bang" factor!

Rating : Easy          Kit : Helmet and lamps and toe-caped boots required (Some may be available for loan!)          Insurance required : Underground

Space available : 23

Price : £ 7

Events on Tuesday 07/04/2020

12:00

U71 - Devon Great Consols / Wheal Fanny (Short trip, 15 fathom level, 25 fathom level)

Date : 07/04/2020    Time : 12:00 - 17:00

Meet : SX 4259 7355 - Wheal Anna Maria Stack

Details : Discovered in 1844 Devon Great Consols rapidly developed into the world’s most important copper producer and, from the late 1860s the world’s largest arsenic producer. Devon Great Consols has been described as “A mine of mines” and, for once such praise is not hyperbole. Closure came in 1902, however the mine was reworked intermittently until 1970s for minerals diverse as copper, arsenic, wolfram and tin. Whilst the mine worked a number of lodes by far the most important was the Main Lode. The Main Lode was the largest copper lode in Europe, it was proved over a length of 2 ½ miles and in places is 30 – 35 feet wide. The Main Lode was worked by a series of mines running west to east: Wheal Maria, Wheal Fanny, Wheal Anna Maria, Wheal Josiah and Wheal Emma. Delegates on the short trip will visit the bottom accessible level of the Wheal Fanny section of the mine (25 fathom). One of the (many) highlights of the trip is the phenomenal timbering, held by many as some of the best in Britain. Competence: Participants will need to be fully SRT proficient, be capable of passing re-belays and deviations.

Rating : Difficult          Kit : Full SRT kit          Insurance required : Underground

Space available : 1

Rick Stewart, Lionel Ford

14:00

U72 - Wheal Russell

Date : 07/04/2020    Time : 14:00 - 17:00

Meet : SX 4259 6972 - Ship Inn, Morwellham Quay

Details : A nineteenth century amalgamation of eighteenth century copper sets. Between 1852 and 1891 Wheal Russell (aka Russell United) produced 11,400 tons of 5 ½ % copper, 11 tons of black tin and 10 tons of arsenopytite. The most important lodes worked by the mine were Main Lode and Great Lode. This trip will visit the Great Lode Deep Adit. The entrance is exceptionally squalid involving a wade through chest deep ochre. Once through the gloop there is some large stoping, some interesting tramway remains and some very photogenic ochre formations. It is strongly recommended that delegates on this trip bring a set of caving clothes specifically for this trip. Cameras will need adequate protection. This trip involves quite a long walk in. In spite of the longish walk in and the unpleasant entrance this is a really worthwhile trip. Competence: Easy, the entrance includes a section of waist /chest deep ochre.

Rating : Easy          Kit : Basic caving gear          Insurance required : Underground

Space available : 5

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14:00

U73 - Bedford Consols, Shallow Adit

Date : 07/04/2020    Time : 14:00 - 17:00

Meet : SX 4562 6890 - End of Gawton Lane

Details : Bedford Consols, originally worked as part of the Gawton Sett, was both a copper and arsenic producer during the latter part of the 19th century. It was last worked on a small scale in the 1920s for arsenic. Whilst the Shallow Adit has been somewhat trashed by mineral collectors there is still plenty to see. It should be noted that the entrance requires wading through thigh deep water. There is an optional climb up into the stopes above Shallow Adit.Competence: Easy, there is optional climb up into the stopes above Shallow Adit which should only be attempted by competent climbers.

Rating : Easy          Kit : Basic caving gear          Insurance required : Underground

Space available : 6

tbc

14:00

U74 - South Bedford

Date : 07/04/2020    Time : 14:00 - 17:00

Meet : SX 4351 7189 - South Bedford Car Park

Details : Worked in both the 18th and nineteenth centuries for copper, the 19th century workings cutting the 18th. Delegates will have the opportunity to view a rare 18th century wooden pump column. The trip will also visit a neighbouring trial level: Wheal Hingston. Competence: Moderate, the trip involves an exposed traverse across a shaft protected by a traverse line. Participants will need to be competent in the use of cows tails and passing intermediate belays.

Rating : Moderate          Kit : Basic caving gear, harness or belay belt, cows tails          Insurance required : Underground

Space available : None

Dave Warne

Events on Wednesday 08/04/2020

10:00

U82 - Wheal Russell

Date : 08/04/2020    Time : 10:00 - 13:00

Meet : SX 4259 6972 - Ship Inn, Morwellham Quay

Details : A nineteenth century amalgamation of eighteenth century copper sets. Between 1852 and 1891 Wheal Russell (aka Russell United) produced 11,400 tons of 5 ½ % copper, 11 tons of black tin and 10 tons of arsenopytite. The most important lodes worked by the mine were Main Lode and Great Lode. This trip will visit the Great Lode Deep Adit. The entrance is exceptionally squalid involving a wade through chest deep ochre. Once through the gloop there is some large stoping, some interesting tramway remains and some very photogenic ochre formations. It is strongly recommended that delegates on this trip bring a set of caving clothes specifically for this trip. Cameras will need adequate protection. This trip involves quite a long walk in. In spite of the longish walk in and the unpleasant entrance this is a really worthwhile trip. Competence: Easy, the entrance includes a section of waist /chest deep ochre.

Rating : Difficult          Kit : Basic caving gear          Insurance required : Underground

Space available : 7

Dave Warne

10:00

U83 - Bedford Consols, Shallow Adit

Date : 08/04/2020    Time : 10:00 - 13:00

Meet : SX 4562 6890 - End of Gawton Lane

Details : Bedford Consols, originally worked as part of the Gawton Sett, was both a copper and arsenic producer during the latter part of the 19th century. It was last worked on a small scale in the 1920s for arsenic. Whilst the Shallow Adit has been somewhat trashed by mineral collectors there is still plenty to see. It should be noted that the entrance requires wading through thigh deep water. There is an optional climb up into the stopes above Shallow Adit. Competence: Easy, there is optional climb up into the stopes above Shallow Adit which should only be attempted by competent climbers.

Rating : Moderate          Kit : Basic caving gear          Insurance required : Underground

Space available : 7

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10:00

U84 - South Bedford

Date : 08/04/2020    Time : 10:00 - 13:00

Meet : SX 4351 7189 - South Bedford Car Park

Details : Worked in both the 18th and nineteenth centuries for copper, the 19th century workings cutting the 18th. Delegates will have the opportunity to view a rare 18th century wooden pump column. The trip will also visit a neighbouring trial level: Wheal Hingston. Competence: Moderate, the trip involves an exposed traverse across a shaft protected by a traverse line. Participants will need to be competent in the use of cows tails and passing intermediate belays.

Rating : Moderate          Kit : Basic caving gear, harness or belay belt, cows tails          Insurance required : Underground

Space available : 3

tbc

10:00

U85 - Devon Great Consols, Capel Tor and New North Lodes

Date : 08/04/2020    Time : 10:00 - 13:00

Meet : Scrubtor Car Park

Details : Discovered in 1844 Devon Great Consols rapidly developed into the world’s most important copper producer and, from the late 1860s the world’s largest arsenic producer. Devon Great Consols has been described as “A mine of mines” and, for once such praise is not hyperbole. Closure came in 1902, however the mine was reworked intermittently until 1970s for minerals diverse as copper, arsenic, wolfram and tin. Whilst the Main Lode was by far the most important lode worked on the mine a number of other lodes were also exploited. This trip visits two of these workings which lie to the north of the Main Lode and were worked quite extensively in the latter years of the nineteenth century. Competence: Moderate, the trip involves a short section of chest deep wading with one very short low airspace (ear in water) section.

Rating : Moderate          Kit : Basic caving gear, wetsuit is an advantage but not essential          Insurance required : Underground

Space available : 7

Rick Stewart

10:00

U86 - Danescombe Deep Adit

Date : 08/04/2020    Time : 10:00 - 13:00

Meet : Danescombe

Details : The Danescombe valley near Calstock cuts a number of lodes which were extensively exploited between the 1820s and 1880s. The Danescombe Deep Adit was driven both eastwards and westwards from the valley. Delegates will explore the eastern drive which extends for 130 fathoms. Competence: Moderate, this mine has only been recently entered and there is still a lot of loose ground. This is not a trip for novices or clumsy people.

Rating : Moderate          Kit : Basic caving gear          Insurance required : Underground

Space available : 1

Lionel Ford, Chris Sillitoe

12:00

U81 - Devon Great Consols / Wheal Fanny (Long trip)

Date : 08/04/2020    Time : 12:00 - 17:00

Meet : SX 4259 7355 - Wheal Anna Maria Stack

Details : Discovered in 1844 Devon Great Consols rapidly developed into the world’s most important copper producer and, from the late 1860s the world’s largest arsenic producer. Devon Great Consols has been described as “A mine of mines” and, for once such praise is not hyperbole. Closure came in 1902, however the mine was reworked intermittently until 1970s for minerals diverse as copper, arsenic, wolfram and tin. Whilst the mine worked a number of lodes by far the most important was the Main Lode. The Main Lode was the largest copper lode in Europe, it was proved over a length of 2 ½ miles and in places is 30 – 35 feet wide. The Main Lode was worked by a series of mines running west to east: Wheal Maria, Wheal Fanny, Wheal Anna Maria, Wheal Josiah and Wheal Emma. Delegates on the Long trip will cover the same ground as those doing the short trip and will, additionally visit the further reaches of the mine. One of the (many) highlights of the trip is the phenomenal timbering, held by many as some of the best in Britain. Competence: Participants will need to be fully SRT proficient, be capable of passing re-belays and deviations.

Rating : Difficult          Kit : Full SRT kit          Insurance required : Underground

Space available : 2

Rich Vooght & tbc

13:00

U87 - Wheal Russell

Date : 08/04/2020    Time : 13:00 - 17:00

Meet : SX 4259 6972 - Ship Inn, Morwellham Quay

Details : A nineteenth century amalgamation of eighteenth century copper sets. Between 1852 and 1891 Wheal Russell (aka Russell United) produced 11,400 tons of 5 ½ % copper, 11 tons of black tin and 10 tons of arsenopytite. The most important lodes worked by the mine were Main Lode and Great Lode. This trip will visit the Great Lode Deep Adit. The entrance is exceptionally squalid involving a wade through chest deep ochre. Once through the gloop there is some large stoping, some interesting tramway remains and some very photogenic ochre formations. It is strongly recommended that delegates on this trip bring a set of caving clothes specifically for this trip. Cameras will need adequate protection. This trip involves quite a long walk in. In spite of the longish walk in and the unpleasant entrance this is a really worthwhile trip.Competence: Easy, the entrance includes a section of waist /chest deep ochre.

Rating : Moderate          Kit : Basic caving gear          Insurance required : Underground

Space available : 7

tbc

13:00

U88 - Bedford Consols, Shallow Adit

Date : 08/04/2020    Time : 13:00 - 17:00

Meet : SX 4562 6890 - End of Gawton Lane

Details : Bedford Consols, originally worked as part of the Gawton Sett, was both a copper and arsenic producer during the latter part of the 19th century. It was last worked on a small scale in the 1920s for arsenic. Whilst the Shallow Adit has been somewhat trashed by mineral collectors there is still plenty to see. It should be noted that the entrance requires wading through thigh deep water. There is an optional climb up into the stopes above Shallow Adit. Competence: Easy, there is optional climb up into the stopes above Shallow Adit which should only be attempted by competent climbers.

Rating : Moderate          Kit : Basic caving gear          Insurance required : Underground

Space available : 8

Dave Warne

13:00

U89 - South Bedford

Date : 08/04/2020    Time : 13:00 - 17:00

Meet : SX 4351 7189 - South Bedford Car Park

Details : Worked in both the 18th and nineteenth centuries for copper, the 19th century workings cutting the 18th. Delegates will have the opportunity to view a rare 18th century wooden pump column. The trip will also visit a neighbouring trial level: Wheal Hingston. Competence: Moderate, the trip involves an exposed traverse across a shaft protected by a traverse line. Participants will need to be competent in the use of cows tails and passing intermediate belays.

Rating : Moderate          Kit : Basic caving gear, harness or belay belt, cows tails          Insurance required : Underground

Space available : 8

Skip

13:00

U90 - Danescombe Deep Adit

Date : 08/04/2020    Time : 13:00 - 17:00

Meet : Danescombe

Details : The Danescombe valley near Calstock cuts a number of lodes which were extensively exploited between the 1820s and 1880s. The Danescombe Deep Adit was driven both eastwards and westwards from the valley. Delegates will explore the eastern drive which extends for 130 fathoms. Competence: Moderate, this mine has only been recently entered and there is still a lot of loose ground. This is not a trip for novices or clumsy people.

Rating : Moderate          Kit : Basic caving gear          Insurance required : Underground

Space available : 6

Lionel Ford, Chris Sillitoe

13:00

U91 - Devon Great Consols, All the other bits

Date : 08/04/2020    Time : 13:00 - 17:00

Meet : Wheal Anna Maria Stack

Details : Discovered in 1844 Devon Great Consols rapidly developed into the world’s most important copper producer and, from the late 1860s the world’s largest arsenic producer. Devon Great Consols has been described as “A mine of mines” and, for once such praise is not hyperbole. Closure came in 1902, however the mine was reworked intermittently until 1970s for minerals diverse as copper, arsenic, wolfram and tin. Whilst the Main Lode was by far the most important lode worked on the mine a number of other lodes were also exploited. This trip visits a number of workings and trials including Wheal Josiah Shallow and Wheal Frementor Deep Adits. The trip also covers much of the surface workings of the mine. Competence: Easy. Trip visits a number of short adits, one with a handline climb.

Rating : Easy          Kit : Basic caving gear, wetsuit is an advantage but not essential          Insurance required : Underground

Space available : 6

Rick Stewart

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