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The National Association
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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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European Quarry Landscapes

Mar 09, 2016, 14:23

Ian Thomas, of the National Stone Centre, presented a paper in October 2014 to a conference on European Quarry Landscapes. It made the case for establishing in England a system of designating 'Heritage Quarries' - ie quarry sites which posses ...

Nenthead Public meeting (formerly 21st January 2016)

Jan 05, 2016, 09:19

Nenthead Public meeting 21st January 2016 This meeting has been postponed. The new date is not yet known. Further information is available from the Secretary of NAMHO, Peter Jackson.

Nellie Kirkham archive

Dec 31, 2015, 10:36

In the last 3 months PDMHS has taken in the mining history archives (courtesy of Jenny Potts and Mary Wilde at the British Caving Library) belonging to Doug Nash of Op. Mole and Eyam. Doug was the literary executor of Nellie Kirkham and came into ...

DMM Product Recall Notice 14th September 2015

Sep 28, 2015, 22:10

Certain DMM carabiners have been found to be faulty and DMM have issued a recall notice. In their words: "In a small percentage of carabiners the interaction between the internal coil spring (which gives the gate its closing action) and the ...

Tributes paid to Clearwell Caves Founder

Sep 28, 2015, 21:30

Tributes have been paid to Ray Wright who passed away in August 2015 aged 85. The visitor attraction near to Coleford in the Forest of Dean was reopened as a working museum in 1968 after being closed as a working mine in 1945. A report on the BBC ...

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