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Oct 02, 2019, 11:13

As already announced, NAMHO 2020 will be in Cornwall and is aimed at an international audience, as was INTER-NAMHO 2000. The conference dates are 3rd to 6th April 2020. The theme of the conference is "Copper, tin and gold" following discovery that the Nebra Sky Disc contains gold and tin from Cornwall. Kevin Baker is co-ordinating the conference on behalf of NAMHO and the organisation will involve a working group drawn from a number of member organisations. The venue is fixed and will be announced shortly. Booking should be available by the end of the year. We already have several speakers but more are always welcome.

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The programme and registration form for the conference are now available on this website. The title of the conference is "Mining History and Archaeology in Scotland: Towards a Research Strategy". The conference aims are: to identify areas of needed expertise; identify individuals and groups who can take the agenda forward; to contribute to the development of an action plan; and to develop networking in lead mining history research in Scotland. This is the first conference of its type and will hopefully stimulate future activity.

There is no charge for attending this conference. Coffee/tea and a sandwich lunch will be provided. Anyone wishing to attend is required to register in advance. Registration forms can be requested from the organiser at: or at or can be downloaded from this site.

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John Barnatt, whose book 'The Archaeology of Underground Mines and Quarries in England' has recently been published, is giving a talk on the subject at Matlock Bath on 15th October 2019. The poster for the talk is shown on the News page and can be downloaded HERE. Anyone interested should contact the Peak District Lead Mining Museum.


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A symposium is being held on 19th October 2019 at Leadhills. The topic is "Mining history and archaeology in Scotland: towards a research strategy" and this will be a one day conference organised by Leadhills Heritage Trust and Historic Environment Scotland.

The venue is Arms Hotel, Leadhills, South Lanarkshire and the conference will run from 10:30 to 3:30. Speakers include: Dr. John Crawford, Leadhills Heritage Trust; Dr Peter Claughton, National Association of Mining History Organisations; Dr. Miles Oglethorpe, Historic Environment Scotland; Dr Catherine Mills, University of Stirling; John Pickin, independent researcher; and Ken Ledger, Leadhills Heritage Trust.

For further information contact

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Plans are now underway for the conferences for the next two years. NAMHO 2020 will be in Cornwall and is aimed at an international audience, as was INTER-NAMHO 2000. Planned dates are 3-6 April 2020. Coordinator is Kevin Baker and the organisation will involve a working group drawn from a number of member organisations. NAMHO 2021 is planned for Shropshire to coincide with the 60th anniversary of SCMC and planned dates are 1-5 July 2021.

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We have been approached by Catherine Mills of the University of Stirling regarding a new initiative in Scotland.

If you currently live, or have previously lived, in an old colliery village/town in Scotland and/or you have memories that you are willing to share, such as watching the demolition and/or landscaping of the bings; if you played on the sites as a youngster, you still visit the sites today or you simply miss the headstock in the landscape would you be willing to contribute to the 'Landscape Legacies of Coal' project by filing in a e-questionnaire at The questionnaire will take around 10 mins.

The aim of the study is to establish official and unofficial landscape biographies of these ex-colliery sites. How they have been re-purposed and redeveloped, how the industry has been remembered or commemorated, or not as the case may be, and how the sites have been understood, experienced and used by the local communities from closure to present day.

The survey is being undertaken by Catherine Mills (history) and Ian McIntosh (sociology) at the University of Stirling. For more information about the project (which also includes the creation of heritage walks that narrative the story of coal through the remaining landscape features) see or visit our Facebook page

NAMHO members (or others) with stories to share are encouraged to help Catherine in this research. A flyer about the research is available HERE

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The First World War conference being arranged by Peter Claughton will be held at the Carnforth Railway Station Heritage Centre on 18th November, with the Council meeting at the same venue on Saturday 17th. The venue has good transport links by rail and road, and the station tea rooms provide excellent catering. More details will be made available in due course.

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The Northern Mine Research Society has been pleased to announce the release of a database of international mining information compiled by the late Alasdair Neill (Ali). The original 6,000 pages plus of text were converted into a database format to give over 76,000 fully searchable entries.

The database can be accessed at

The NMRS is also updating its on-line mapping of mines in the British Isles and has added a new map showing the distribution of many accidents in coal and miscellaneous mines.

Information provided to the Mining History web list by Mike Gill.

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Oct 22, 2016, 19:34

NAMHO is now on Facebook where you can read news and leave comments. The link to Facebook is on the home page and forum page. If you are reading this on our news page, you can click HERE.

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Oct 21, 2016, 14:47

The Environment Agency have updated the documents about mine water treatment schemes and proposals specifically for Nentsberry Haggs Mine. Two public meetings are planned.Link here

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NAMHO handbook on-line

Mar 09, 2016, 14:41

The facility has been available for some time to print a copy of the handbook from the website. As this appears to be little used, I have uploaded a PDF copy of the handbook to the library (available under the research tab). This version can be read or downloaded and will be updated periodically.

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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 possession of some 60 boxes of Nellie's field notes and other archive material. It was immediately obvious that this material was unique and needed to be lodged in the County Record Office at Matlock to ensure its survival in a proper environment.

Accordingly, David Williams has, over the last few weeks, been transferring this material to Matlock, and the last part of the collection was delivered just before Christmas. This has been celebrated in a blog from Mark Smith at the Record Office -

As mentioned in the blog a catalogue can be found at -*

Some of the material had previously been scanned and this can be seen at -

As Mark says in the blog this material is roughly sorted but needs a great deal of work to make it more understandable. It has to be said that Nellie's handwriting does not make this easy. David is hoping to make this a project for Winter 2016/17!

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NAMHO newsletter - December 2015

Nov 30, 2015, 21:59

The latest newsletter is now on line. You will not need a username or password to gain access to it. Thanks are due to Roy Meldrum who regularly produces NAMHO's information-rich newsletter.

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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 gate pusher (the component that holds the spring against the carabiner body) may cause the gate pusher to displace, potentially preventing the gate from closing or the mechanism from locking completely."

This notice has been circulated by regional caving and cave rescue organisations. If you want a copy of the full details, please contact the webmaster.

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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 news can be read here (available when accessed: 28/9/2015).

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NAMHO and the CRoW review

Aug 19, 2014, 17:56

NAMHO Officers are reviewing the situation with regard to CRoW (The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000) following a meeting of the British Caving Association Conservation & Access Committee. The meeting discussed at length the impact of CRoW on cave and mine exploration. The draft minutes can be read on the BCA website by following {this link}. Member organisations are welcome to send comments to the NAMHO Secretary by 30 September 2014.

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Mar 18, 2014, 12:59

The AGM was held on 15th March. Additional time was allowed for useful discussion of future conferences and other topics. The only change in the committee is that Peter Jackson has taken over the role of Secretary from Nigel Dibben.

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New Bulk Minerals research assessment

Aug 28, 2013, 15:44

A new version of the 81-page assessment is now available on the {Research page} on this website.

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Nenthead Bunk House reopened

Aug 13, 2013, 16:16

In order to raise funds for conservation work Nenthead Mines Conservation Society has reopened the Assay House Bunkhouse on the Nenthead mine site to BCA members and their guests. The bunk house sleeps 12 people in 2 rooms, it has central heating and all usual amenities.
Cost £5 per person per night (plus a group donation towards central heating cost in winter). Bring your own sleeping bag, pillows provided.

To book contact: Sheila Barker or 01434 381903

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Historical Metallurgy Society - Research in Progress Meeting

Jul 27, 2013, 15:26

Thursday the 10th October, 2013 :: Department of Archaeology, University of Exeter.
This meeting is aimed at a wide variety of contributors, from historical and archaeological metallurgists to excavators, historians and economists. If you are working, or have just finished working, on a project related to archaeological or historical metallurgy, we would like to hear from you. We are particularly interested in bringing together contract and public sector archaeologists with academic researchers, and in fostering links between the different disciplines studying metallurgy and related activities. Whether you are a student, a researcher, an interested non-specialist, or a professional excavator, we invite you to meet others working in this field and present your research to an interested community.
Proposals for 10-15 minute oral papers are welcomed from anyone undertaking work in any area of ancient, historical, or industrial metallurgy, and from other researchers whose focus is of relevance to this subject.
The Historical Metallurgy Society offers a prize for the best student research presented at this meeting, all students or recent graduate within 12 months of graduation are eligible. ¬
General enquiries and abstracts can be directed to¬

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23000 Coal Mines on Google Maps

Jul 17, 2013, 10:20

Mike Gill has recently informed us that:

"The Northern Mine Research Society is pleased to announce this major advance in the research tools available on its website. Mike Gill has prepared extensive databases giving the locations and historical details of coal and metalliferous mines in the British Isles.Starting with coal, these are now being made available on the website by superimposing the data on Google Earth mapping. Some 23,000 mines will be covered, and basic information such as the opening and closing dates, the mineral worked, and the ownership history (all where known) is given.

"To find the 'Collieries of the British Isles' go to the 'Mining in the British Isles' section of the main website ({}) click on 'Information' (penultimate entry on the option bar) and select 'Mines Information'. Click on Coal, and at the foot of the map choose the 'Online Mapping' option."

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Forgotten State of Industry - Irish Industrial Landscapes in a Global Context
18/19 October 2013

Jun 14, 2013, 17:41

Featuring a presentation keynote speech by leading industrial archaeologist, Professor Marilyn Palmer, this exciting two day international conference brings together an exceptional group of speakers from across Ireland, Europe and beyond, providing an opportunity to share experiences of conserving, managing and presenting our historical industrial landscapes, many of which in Ireland are poorly understood and vulnerable. Largely funded with the support of the InterReg 4A (Ireland-Wales) Metal Links: Forging Communities Together project, with additional support from the Heritage Council, Wicklow County Council and the Gathering Fund, the conference is being organised by community group, Glens of Lead, a partner in the Metal Links project.

This conference represents exceptional value for money. There is no fee for attending, only a charge to cover refreshments, lunches and dinner. Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment! All bookings via

The venue is the Glendalough Hotel in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains, Ireland, one hour south of Dublin.

The conference runs from Friday 18th October through Saturday 19th October 2013. {Further details of the programme are available here}.

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International Mining History Conference, Queensland, 2014

Jun 03, 2013, 14:33

The web-site for the International Mining History Congress 2014 in Charters Towers, Australia, is NOW up and running. As yet it is fairly basic but keep checking for updates. The link is: {}

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NAMHO Bibliography now on-line

Apr 19, 2013, 15:35

A bibliography of mining-related articles, books and theses has now been made available from the Research page on this site. The bibliography contains nearly 8000 items and can be sorted or searched by various criteria. Further search options can be added on request. To use the bibliography, go to the Research page and select NAMHO bibliogrpahy from the menu line or click {here}.

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The Archaeology of Mining and Quarrying in England

Jan 22, 2013, 13:40

At the steering group meeting on 10 January the research project team made the decision to postpone the one day conference planned for 18 May 2013 at NCMME, Caphouse Colliery. The amount of work and time required to process and edit the vast amount of information for the Research Framework for the Archaeology of the Extractive Industries in England means that we are very unlikely to have the Resource Assessment and Research Agenda ready for publication in May. We have therefore decided to delay the launch until Autumn 2013. Watch the news on this site for the new date or contact the project organisers direct.

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Nov 25, 2011, 17:52

See our Guidelines page for NAMHO's recommendations for 'best practice' in mine exploration, mineral collecting, and archival research

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