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

Crich Project and Lead Mining Display

In 1968 the Tramway Society approached the Peak District Mines Historical Society to ask if it would be interested in constructing a display of some kind to reflect the Derbyshire lead mining industry.

With mining relics - especially some of the larger ones - fast disappearing, this offer constituted the start of a still-ongoing project to provide an area in which old mining artefacts, minerals and machinery could be displayed for both the general public and mining historians to visit, enjoy and learn from.

Today the project has grown to provide a site of great historical and archaeological interest and educational value and is managed and co-ordinated by one of its inaugurators, Lilian Bridges. Along with a team of enthusiastic volunteers, she ensures that the mining display is kept in good order, manages an on-site shop selling mineral samples, books and gemstones (the proceeds of which directly benefit the Society) at what is now home to the National Tramway Museum, Crich Tramway Village, and answers questions from visitors.

For some rare 'vintage' photos of the Lead Mining Display , go to this page.

Tubs<small> (Photo by Martin Long)</small>
Tubs (Photo by Martin Long)
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