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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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NAMHO newsletter - December 2015

Nov 30, 2015, 21:59

The latest newsletter is now on line. You will not need a username or password to gain access to it. Thanks are due to Roy Meldrum who regularly produces NAMHO's information-rich newsletter.

Campaign to save Hatfield main Colliery Headstocks

Nov 27, 2015, 09:44

With the closure of Hatfield Main Colliery in June 2015, the Hatfield Main Community Heritage Association (HMCHA) started a campaign to save the No1 shaft headstocks as a memorial to the devastated Doncaster coalfield and a fitting national monument ...

DMM Product Recall Notice 14th September 2015

Sep 28, 2015, 22:10

Certain DMM carabiners have been found to be faulty and DMM have issued a recall notice. In their words: "In a small percentage of carabiners the interaction between the internal coil spring (which gives the gate its closing action) and the ...

11th International Mining History Congress, Linares, Spain - September 2016

Sep 27, 2015, 21:32

Details of the next International Mining History Congress (IMHC) to be held in Linares, Spain from 11-16 September 2016, are now available on the Web at The organisers are going to include a Paypal option which w ...

Tributes paid to Clearwell Caves Founder

Sep 28, 2015, 21:30

Tributes have been paid to Ray Wright who passed away in August 2015 aged 85. The visitor attraction near to Coleford in the Forest of Dean was reopened as a working museum in 1968 after being closed as a working mine in 1945. A report on the BBC ...

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