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NAMHO - the National Association of Mining History Organisations
The Derbyshire Caving Club is a member of NAMHO. The aims and interests of NAMHO are
summarised in the text below which will be found on the NAMHO website at
www.namho.org (About Us page). Details
are also provided for the next and subsequent conferences.
About NAMHO |
Conference details |
NAMHO was formed in 1979 to act as the national body for
mining history in the UK and Ireland. There are now over 80 member
organisations, including societies, museums, firms, etc.
- N-ATIONAL in
our title means that we represent mining history throughout the UK and
- A-IMS are to allow liaison between our
members and to act as a single national voice for the benefit of mining
- M-INING history is the study of how metals,
coal, stone, etc were mined in this country from prehistoric times to date.
- H-ELP is given to individuals, government
bodies and commercial firms in both practical and academic matters.
- O-UR object is to increase the knowledge of
mining history in the United Kingdom and Ireland and to promote it in all its
WHO CAN BECOME A MEMBER?
There is no individual membership of NAMHO. Any bona fide organisation with an interest
in mining history can apply to become a Full Member. Other organisations who do not qualify
under the above, but who are interested in the activities of member
organisations, can apply to become an Affiliate Member.
HOW IS NAMHO RUN?
Every Full Member nominates a
representative and, regardless of size, is entitled to a single vote on the
Council which meets twice a year. Day to day management is carried out by
annually elected officers. Affiliate Members are entitled to attend
the Council meetings but have no vote. NAMHO does not seek to control the activities of
its member organisations, only to act on their behalf.
WHAT DOES NAMHO DO?
- It produces guidelines for those involved in surface or underground
- External Liaison
- It liaises with public and private bodies over matter of preservation
and access. NAMHO prides itself in taking a sensible approach to this
can take a national overview of the situation.
- Internal Liaison
- It acts as a means of allowing members to exchange information and
ideas. It produces a regular Newssheet for members in which items of national
interest are disseminated.
- It is consulted over planning applications and site scheduling. Not
only can NAMHO provide archaeological information but also details on the extent
and condition of mine workings. Members of NAMHO have served on government
committees dealing with mine databases and methods of making entrances safe.
- As the national body, NAMHO is the quickest way of obtaining information
on mines in the UK and Ireland. The individual members of its organisations
hold more information on disused mine sites than any library or record office.
Any query can be directed very quickly to the appropriate
organisation or person.
- Many of NAMHO's members are museums and NAMHO encourages the interpretation of
mining sites for the public. This can vary from un-manned sites to full-scale
theme parks. NAMHO is glad to advise any new scheme that involves some aspect of
- Conferences and Field Meets
- Every year it organises a Mining History Conference which nowadays
incorporates a field meet. This is held
in different parts of the UK and is hosted by one of the NAMHO member organisations. It takes place over an extended weekend and events include lectures, seminars
and field trips.
WHAT ABOUT THE FUTURE?
NAMHO is the only national body representing
the specialised knowledge and skills involved in mining history. As more ex-mining land is developed, the
information on such sites will become very important. NAMHO will continue to help everyone to enjoy
our mining heritage, whilst maintaining a responsible and professional attitude.
To visit the NAMHO website, click HERE.
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2022 National Conference
In 2022, the conference is being held in Cleveland in North Yorkshire where
jet, iron and other minerals were mined. The topic is "Industrial
The 2012 conference took place in Cheshire hosted by us, the Derbyshire
Caving Club and subsequent conferences have been held at:
- 2013 - Aberystwyth: "Mining legacies: the environmental, physical and
cultural impact of mining"
- 2014 - North Wales (based on Bangor): "Mining Technology: technical innovation in the extractive industries"
- 2015 - Nenthead, Cumbria: "Wartime and Mining"
- 2016 - Ireland: "Mining and social change"
- 2017 - South East England: "Mining History Organisations - achievements
- 2018 - Forest of Dean - Parkend: "Mines, Mining & Miners of the Forest
of Dean: 'A law unto themselves'"
- 2019 - Mid Wales - Cwmystwyth area: "Mine exploration as a research tool
- applications in mining history, geology and archaeology"
- 2021 - Shropshire: "60 Years of Mining Projects"
The DCC special report on the Conference in Cheshire can be downloaded here.
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Until recently, the NAMHO handbook was a printed book in its fourth edition
published in 2006. The handbook is now on line and can be read
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