Conference header imageNAMHO CONFERENCE 2021

SHROPSHIRE - hosted by the Shropshire Caving and Mining Club

"60 Years of Mining Projects" 60 Years of Mining Projects

NAMHO CONFERENCE 2021 - 60 Years of Mining Projects

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In Snailbeach MineWelcome to the website for the 2021 NAMHO conference. NAMHO is the National Association of Mining History Organisations with members based in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. 

The 2021 Conference will run from Friday 2nd July to Monday 5th July.

The conference is based in Shropshire, a county that boasts a wide range of different minerals:

  • lead
  • silver
  • zinc
  • copper
  • cobalt
  • iron
  • barytes
  • limestone
  • calcite
  • fluorspar
  • dolerite
  • fireclay
  • coal

The mines are found north and south of the county town, Shrewsbury.

Coal mine headframe at Blists Hill Museum, IronbridgeThe 2021 conference is hosted by the Shropshire Caving and Mining Club. Because of the Covid19 pandemic, arrangements are having to be rather flexible but the stage has been reached where a date has been decided, a venue has been selected for talks and trips are being arranged. Items such as a conference dinner, camping and a social evening will be arranged later depending upon restrictions that might be in place at the time.

For now, the organisers are looking for expressions of interest from mine explorers and historians and a lecture programme is being developed.  If the worst came to the worst, it is possible that the lectures will be provided on-line.  Please express your interest in attending to to  Until the booking system is activated, you can also express an interest for specific trips using the form on the Surface and Underground trip pages.


The organisers have decided to set a provisional booking date of mid-April when the COVID restrictions on events are expected to be lifted somewhat.  Keep an eye on the NAMHO news and this site to find out when booking is open. (3 March 2021)