Peak District Mines Historical Society
Promoting and preserving mining heritage
(Registered charity No. 504662)

Benefits of joining PDMHS

Most people who join PDMHS do so principally to share their interest and enthusiasm for mining and industrial archaeology with like minded people - but joining PDMHS brings with it other benefits too. These include:

  • Insurance:
    Society members are covered by a PDMHS insurance policy which gives third party cover whilst engaged in official PDMHS activities or representing PDMHS at other organised events. Members should note that this is not a personal accident policy.
  • Regular Meets:
    The Society holds a range of meetings each year, both indoors at the Museum, and outdoors, either surface or underground. Notice of meetings is given in the Newsletter and on this website.
  • Quarterly Newsletter:
    These are published quarterly, and are free to all paid up members. Material should be sent to the Editor – Steve Thompson, c/o the Mining Museum.
  • Mining Museum:
    The Society operates the Museum and the nearby Temple Mine: - Summer Opening daily 10 am to 5 pm - Winter Opening Wednesday to Sunday 11 am to 4 pm. Admission to both is free to members on production of membership card. The Museum maintains a large stock of mining books for sale. Volunteers to help with exhibits, and with operating the Museum at weekends, are always welcome. Telephone (01629) 583834.
  • Mining History:
    The Bulletin of the Society: Issued twice a year free to paid-up members. Material for the Bulletin should be sent to the Editor – Richard Shaw, c/o the Mining Museum. Prospective authors should contact the Editor at an early stage about the preparation of text and illustration, as this helps improve presentation and reduces costs of production. Material should be submitted, where possible, on PC compatible computer disks, CD or memory stick with no formatting
  • Honorary Recorder:
    The Recorder is responsible for recording information about mines, and for the Society Collections. The Library is housed at the Peak District Mining Museum. Consultation is ONLY BY PRIOR NOTICE to the Museum Manager, during normal Museum  hours. The Society manuscript collection is on deposit at the Derbyshire Record Office, located in New Street near the County Hall (open 0930 to 1645 hours). The County Library Local Collection at the DRO, New Street, Matlock still has a wide range of local publications including the PDMHS Bulletin/Mining History
  • Crich Display:
    A display of surface remains can be seen at the Wakebridge Terminus at the Tramway Museum, Crich, Derbyshire.
  • Magpie Mine:
    Use of the field centre at Sheldon, near Bakewell, is available to all members. Contact for bookings, rules, charges, and key – Mavis Luff, c/o the Mining Museum.
  • Conservation Group:
    Readers are asked to contact the Convenor about mining remains above or below ground, which are worthy of preservation, or which are under threat of destruction. Convenor – Adam Russell— c/o the Mining Museum.
  • Society Projects:
    Members who wish to carry out projects are invited to submit details to the Secretary, for approval. In some cases financial assistance may be available. Members should not use the Society's name to gain access or for other purposes unless the project had been approved by the Council of the Society. If you wish to join, or know about existing projects, write or phone the Secretary.