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

Society Projects

Over the years, PDMHS has undertaken a large number of projects to research, restore, preserve and explore many facets of mining and mineral extraction. Whilst some projects are complete, there are many that are still on-going, and there are always new challenges and adventures.

We present here some of the main Society projects. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but should give a flavour of the work undertaken.

Silence Mine - Great Hucklow Project status: Completed

A conservation project following on from the successes gained at High Rake. The PDMHS conservation team worked closely with the Silence Heritage Trust to research, document, preserve and manage this historic site.

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Silence Mine

Magpie Mine - Sheldon Project status: on-going

A long-standing PDMHS project preserving and restoring what are now some of the best preserved mine building remains in Britain. The painstakingly restored mine agents' cottage is now used as the PDMHS Field Centre.

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Magpie Mine

High Rake - Great Hucklow Project status: complete

Excavation of the site a High Rake revealed remains of two old engine houses. A true "archaeological dig", the project was completed in 2008 and the site is now furnished with interpretation panels to inform visitors of its history.

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High Rake

Other Projects Project status: various

Members of the society are engaged in a number of other projects, including the mining display at the National Tramway Museum at Crich, recording, surveying and capping of numerous mines, conservation audits and advising landowners and statutory bodies on the historical and archaeological value of mining site across the area.

The Crich Project and Lead Mining Display is managed by Lilian Bridges. Surface work is undertaken on most Sundays throughout the year. Offers of help are always welcome - please contact Lilian via the Mining Museum if you'd like to get involved.

More details on individual projects will be provided as and when they become available

Winching a mine shaft

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