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

Peak District Mines Historical Society Publications

As well as a regular members' newletter, PDMHS produces a bi-annual mining journal - "Mining History".

"Mining History" is issued free to paid-up members, and has been published continuously since 1959. The Bulletin contains a large body of information on mining history, both in the Peak District and elsewhere throughout the world. It has grown from the original 14 page publication to a professionally produced journal of between 60 and 140 pages, and now circulates throughout the world.


Lead miners' heyday: the great days of mining in Wirksworth and the Low Peak of Derbyshire, by Ron Slack

Now available to download, one of one of the books written by Ron Slack. Originally he self-published this but has now run out of copies. Therefore he has kindly offered to make this available direct from the PDMHS web site. To start downloading this publication now, please click here.

Contributing to the Newsletter

A note from the Newsletter Editor:

Contributions to the PDMHS Newsletter will always be gratefully received. There are a number of ways you can send your masterpiece in:-

  1. By Email
    This is perhaps in many ways the most convenient way for those equipped to use it. Preferably please send text as a Microsoft Word document. Try to keep to a simple format, I would recommend Times New Roman in 16 point for main headings, 14 point for sub-headings and 12 point for the main body of the text. Please try to give your work a meaningful title. DO NOT embed photographs or diagrams in the text, send the images separately. Ideally send photographs as 300dpi RGB JPEG or TIFF files, drawings and diagrams may be sent in any convenient bitmap or vector format.
  2. By Post
    If you wish to send your work by post it is best typed following the email guidelines - the text can then be scanned in directly using OCR. However, I am perfectly happy to accept legible hand written articles too... Good quality photographs and drawings are always welcome, or could be sent as digital images on a CD.
  3. By Telephone
    You could even phone me and dictate an item while I crayon it on the wall to be typed later. However you choose your contribution will be most welcome. My contact details can be found in the PDMHS Newsletter, or you can email items to: newsletter[at]


PDMHS Bulletin (Mining History) Web Edition.

The Society has commenced a project to scan images of articles from past copies of the Bulletin (later Mining History) and to make them available as downloads from the Society website. It is intended to present these as Adobe pdf files showing scanned images of the original pages. As a pilot most Bulletins between Volume 8:4 (Winter 1982) and 13:6 (Winter 1998) have been scanned. This will give an archive of some 260 articles (some large and some small). These articles have been written by some 150 different authors. Whilst the Society retains the copyright to the printed Bulletin, the copyright of the text is retained by the author. This notice has been framed in an attempt to obtain permission to reproduce from the authors of these, and other, articles in the Bulletin. Should authors feel that they do not wish their work to appear in scanned and downloadable format on the PDMHS website would they please inform the Webmaster, who will then remove the article.

To ensure membership and sales are not adversely affected, the penultimate and current volumes will not be included, i.e a minimum of three years issues and a maximum of six years will not be included on the Web Edition, though the articles within them will be included on the Society's index to articles.

David Williams

As well as contributing to "Mining History", various society members, and others connected with the society, are also responsible for authoring a vast body of publications independently. Here, we present an overview of the most recent PDMHS journals, an index to back-issues of "Mining History", and a series of book reviews of other mining related publications.

Mining History Bulletin - V11 No. 5


Mining History - Mines, Quarries and Murders
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