Magpie Mine - an ancient lead mine and agents cottage, now used as the PDMHS field centre.

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. 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 maintains the Museum and the nearby Temple Mine which are open every day except Christmas. Admission to both is free to members. 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. In most cases material can be accepted on computer disks.
  • Honorary Recorder:
    The Recorder is responsible for recording information about mines, and for the Society Collections. Please address any enquiries to PDMHS via the Mining Musuem, telephone (01629) 583834.
  • 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 John Barnatt 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.
  • Society Collections:
    A large and comprehensive collection of books, maps, plans, documents etc., is in the keeping of the County Librarian, Derbyshire County Council Offices, Matlock, Derbyshire. DE4 4AG. Telephone (01629) 580000. It can be consulted Monday to Friday, 0900 to 1700 hours. Members can borrow items by producing a current membership card. Postal borrowers must refund postage. Limit of loan is eight weeks. A recently updated list is available from the Recorder see below. Some original manuscripts are also available in the PDMHS Collection at the Derbyshire Record Office. A telephone call is recommended before making a visit.
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