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The National Association
of Mining History Organisations

We were formed in 1979 to act as the national body for mining history in the United Kingdom. There are now over 70 member organisations, including societies, museums, firms, etc. and membership now extends to Ireland. On this site, you will find out more about NAMHO, its aims, its members and its contribution to the mining heritage.

Active mine explorers will also find guidance on managing archaeological finds underground as well as how to lead groups of novices and experienced explorers.

Armchair miners are also catered for with an extensive bibliography.

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HSE Sector Plans Consultation

Jan 12, 2017, 15:32

HSE are consulting about a Sector plan for health and safety in mines This sector covers underground coal mines, mines producing other minerals, tourist mines, mines used for adventure or educational activities and storage mines. This draft pla ...


Oct 22, 2016, 14:45

Many of you will be aware of the extensive mining heritage of the Avoca Mine site in County Wicklow, Ireland, and its international importance as a major copper and pyrite producer. The extant remains constitute the best historic mining landscape in ...


Oct 22, 2016, 19:34

NAMHO is now on Facebook where you can read news and leave comments. The link to Facebook is on the home page and forum page. If you are reading this on our news page, you can click HERE.


Oct 22, 2016, 23:31

The 2017 NAMHO Conference is being hosted by the Wealden Cave & Mine Society (WCMS) from 23rd to 26th June 2017. The conference will be based Godstone. Further details can be found at or


Oct 22, 2016, 23:50

The launch event for the publication of the results of the Research Framework was held in Cheshire in April 2016. The published Research Framework can now be downloaded in two parts from this website. It is available on the Research Framework page. ...

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