Upcoming Events

…..NEDIAS  Meetings: the second Monday of the month, at 7.30 from September to May, and visitors are welcome to our regular talks. You can download this year’s programme here: NEDIAS 2019.2020 Programme

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Sat 2 May 2020: EMIAC Conference: “18th and 19th Century Metal Mining in the Peak District”. Peak District Mining Museum, Matlock Bath. Morning talks followed by afternoon visit to Magpie Mine. The morning talks include:

Lynn Willies: ‘Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Lead Mining in the Peak: An Over-view’.

John Barnatt: ‘Excavating 18th and 19th Century Steam Engine Houses at Peak District Mines’.

Adam Russell: ‘Setting the Record Straight – Three Derbyshire Case Studies for the Use of Underground Exploration in Advancing Knowledge about Mines’.

Richard Shaw and John Barnatt: ‘Diving to Depth at Deep Ecton Mine – 2019 Discoveries made using Submersibles to Explore the 300m of Flooded Workings at One of the Richest Copper Mines in Britain in the 18th Century’.

The afternoon is taken up by a visit to Magpie Mine. This is probably the best example of a nineteenth century lead mine anywhere in the UK. The mine has a fascinating history spanning more than 200 years of bonanzas and failures, of bitter disputes and fights resulting in the “murder” of three miners, and a Widows’ Curse that is said to remain to this day.

Booking forms from the Mining Museum at Matlock Bath or here EMIAC May 2020