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NAMHO conferences

Future conferences

NAMHO sponsors annual conferences at which mining topics are presented by NAMHO member organisations and other.  The topics can range from history to geology and include technical as well as social subjects.  The conference usually takes place in late June or July and is organised by one or more clubs or organisations in a different part of the UK or Ireland each year..

When a conference is being planned, a separate site part of this site is set up that provides access to booking, programmes, information about visits and lectures.  To see this, use the links below.   Depending upon the organisation sponsoring the conference, the booking and information pages may be accessible direct from the menu above under meetings/conferences.

We are currently looking for a volunteer organisation for the 2024 conference.  Financial and practical help is available from NAMHO.  If your organisation is interested, please contact the Chairman.

Follow the quick links to recent or future conferences (there was no conference in 2020):

Conference 2023 - Cumbria and the Lake District

Conference 2022 - Cleveland and North Yorkshire

Conference 2021 - Shropshire

Conference 2019 - Mid-Wales

The images below are from conferences in 1979, 2008, 2011, 2015 and 2017

Camping at the Beamish conference, 1979 Delegates at the conference in Scotland, 2008 The bar at the conference in Shropshire, 2011 Delegates at the entrance of Smallcleugh Mine, 2015 Tunnel Road East, Reigate Lecture at Godstone

Conference proceedings

Organising clubs and associations usually produce some form of record of the Conference as separate proceedings or in one of their own publications. Reports for recent Conferences are listed below. To obtain a copy, please contact the organising body or the publisher named below.

List of conferences

The Type of conference is either C (talks etc), F (field trips) or both. 

No  Dates  Type  Location  Lead organisation  Topic  Report
45 7-10 July 2023 C/F Grasmere Cumbria Amenity Trust Mining History Society 5000 Years of Mining and Quarrying in The Lake District
44 17-20 June 2022 C/F Grosmont Cleveland Mining Heritage Society Industrial Minerals
43 2-5 July 2021 C/F Shropshire Shropshire Caving and Mining Club 60 Years of Mining Projects
42 3-6 April 2020 C/F Camborne, Cornwall NAMHO Copper, Tin and Gold The conference was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Papers may still be available later.
41 4-7 July 2019 C/F Cwmystwyth area Cambrian Mines Trust Mine exploration as a research tool - applications in mining history, geology and archaeology
40 2-3 June 2018 C/F Forest of Dean - Parkend Clearwell Caves, GSS, Hades CC, RFDCC, SGMRG Mines, Mining & Miners of the Forest of Dean: 'A law unto themselves'
39 2017 C/F SE England Wealden Cave and Mine Society Mining History Organisations - 'achievements and challenges'
38 17-19 June 2016 C/F Dublin, Ireland Mining Heritage Trust of Ireland Mining and Social Change Six papers and the lyrics to two songs by Andy Irvine were published in the Journal of the Mining Heritage Trust of Ireland No.16. Two further papers were published in Journal No.17. The papers are available at: A report by Steve Holding on the field trips was published in the winter issue No. 2016.4 of Below (quarterly journal of the Shropshire Caving & Mining Club).
37 23-25 May 2015 C/F Nenthead, Cumbria Nenthead Mines Conservation Society Wartime and Mining
36 27-28 July 2014 C/F Bangor, N Wales AditNow Mining Technology: technical innovation in the extractive industries Published by WMS as D.J.Linton (ed) Mining Technology: technical innovation in the extractive industries, Welsh mines & mining no.4, 2015
35 29-30 June 2013 C/F Aberystwyth University of Wales Mining legacies: the environmental, physical and cultural impact of mining Published by PDMHS as Mining History Vol. 19 No. 3, 2015
34 30 June - 1 July 2012 C/F Styal and Alderley Edge, Cheshire Derbyshire Caving Club Copper, lead, cobalt, salt, coal, fireclay, limestone - Cheshire's mining history Published by DCC as N.Dibben (intro) Derbyshire Caving Club special report 2012, 2012
33 30-31 July 2011 C/F Shropshire Shropshire Caving and Mining Club 50 years of mine exploration Published by SCMC as K.Lake & D.Poyner (eds) 50 years of mine exploration, 2014
32 5-6 June 2010 C/F South Gloucestershire SGMRG Fuelling the industrial revolution Details of talks and visits published in the conference handout
31 20-21 June 2009 C/F Matlock, Derbyshire Peak District Mines Historical Society Archaeological landscapes Published by PDMHS as R.Shaw (ed) Papers from the NAMHO conference 2009, Mining history, vol.17, no.4, 2009
30 12-13 July 2008 C/F Edinburgh GSG Mines, people and industries of Scotland No published proceedings
29 2007 C/F Morwellham Quay, Devon Morwellham and Tamar MG Pennies to pesticides (silver to arsenic) No published proceedings
28 10-11 June 2006 C/F Llangollen Shropshire Caving and Mining Club Mining in the landscape Published by SCMC as D.Poyner (ed) Mining in the landscape, 2007
27 2005 C/F Surrey Wealden Cave and Mine Society ? No published proceedings
26 2004 C/F Coniston Cumbria Amenity Trust Mining History Society The extractive industries of Cumbria No published proceedings
25 2003 C/F Ireland MHTI ? Selection of papers published by MHTI as D.Cowman (ed) Journal of the Mining Heritage Trust of Ireland, no.3, 2003
24 2002 C/F Aberystwyth Welsh Mines Society Water power in mining Published by PDMHS as P.Claughton (ed) Water power in mining, Mining history, vol.15, nos.4/5, 2004
23 2001 C Bradford [Irish field meet cancelled due to foot and mouth outbreak] Northern Mine Research Society Mining history and beyond Apparently no published proceedings prior to Aberystwyth, 2002
22 2000 C/F Truro ? International Carn Brea Acquire, record and display ?
21 1999 C Forest of Dean Clearwell Free mining and the mines of the Forest of Dean and other traditional British mining rights areas ?
20 1998 F Nenthead Killhope
19 1997 C Matlock Bath Peak District Mines Historical Society Mud and water ?
18 1996 F Devon PCC
17 1995 C Lilleshall Shropshire Caving and Mining Club ? ?
16 1994 F Forest of Dean Clearwell
15 1993 C Isle of Man LMRG ? ?
14 1992 F Madeley Shropshire Caving and Mining Club
13 1991 C Blaenau Ffestiniog WMS ? ?
12 1990 F Alderley Edge, Cheshire Derbyshire Caving Club
11 1989 C Ambleside Cumbria Amenity Trust Mining History Society ? ?
10 1988 F Kent Sub Brit
9 1987 C Cornwall Carn Brea ? ?
8 1986 F Yorkshire Dales EMRG
7 1985 C Matlock Peak District Mines Historical Society ? ?
6 1984 F Beddgelert Welsh Mines Society
5 1983 C Leeds Northern Mine Research Society ? ?
4 1982 F Coniston Cumbria Amenity Trust Mining History Society
3 1981 C Ironbridge Shropshire Caving and Mining Club ? ?
2 1980 F Wanlockhead WMT
1 1979 C Beamish Beamish Open Air Museum Inaugural conference ?