Conference header imageNAMHO CONFERENCE 2021

SHROPSHIRE - hosted by the Shropshire Caving and Mining Club

"60 Years of Mining Projects"

NAMHO CONFERENCE 2021 - 60 Years of Mining Projects

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Welcome to the website for the 2021 NAMHO conference. NAMHO is the National Association of Mining History Organisations with members based in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. 

The 2021 Conference will run from Friday 2nd July to Monday 5th July.

Latest news

The conference is now over and was successfully managed by SCMC despite Covid. This website will be left available for a while in case anyone wants to see what took place. (Some pages may be out of date now.)

NAMHO thanks SCMC for all the hard work - and contingency planning - that went into organising the conference. I am sure all delegates will want to share in our thanks to the Club and its members and to the speakers and leaders from various other organisations. (5 July 2021)

COVID message

While government restrictions are in place, please note that all delegates must abide by whatever Covid rules are in place at the time of the conference. Be prepared that different rules might apply in England and Wales.

In the event of the cancellation of the conference by last minute government rule changes, full refunds will be made. Any other requests for refunds will be considered on their individual merits.

Mining in Shropshire

The conference is based in Shropshire, a county that boasts a wide range of different minerals:

  • lead
  • silver
  • zinc
  • copper
  • cobalt
  • iron
  • barytes
  • limestone
  • calcite
  • fluorspar
  • dolerite
  • fireclay
  • coal

The mines are found north and south of the county town, Shrewsbury.

Coal mine headframe at Blists Hill Museum, Ironbridge

In Snailbeach MineThe 2021 conference is hosted by the Shropshire Caving and Mining Club. Because of the Covid19 pandemic, arrangements are having to be rather flexible but the stage has been reached where a date has been decided, a venue has been selected for talks and trips are being arranged. Items such as a conference dinner, camping and a social evening will be arranged later depending upon restrictions that might be in place at the time.

For now, the organisers are looking for expressions of interest from mine explorers and historians and a lecture programme is being developed.  If the worst came to the worst, it is possible that the lectures will be provided on-line.  Please express your interest in attending to to

Until the booking system is activated, you can also express an interest for specific trips using the form on the Surface and Underground trip pages. Cambrian Mine (Slate) Pictures: (left) headframe on coal mine at Blists Hill; (top) mine tubs in Snailbeach Zinc Mine; (above) a large cavern in Cambrian Slate Mine.