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Mining Landscape of the Peak District

April 7, 2018 @ 10:00 am - April 8, 2018 @ 4:00 pm


Introducing delegates to the relict metal mining landscapes of Derbyshire, both above and below ground, led by John Barnatt, an archaeologist who has surveyed such landscapes during his career in the Peak District.

The weekend will foster greater understanding of the need both to interpret and protect such landscapes for future generations.

Exploring and Understanding Mining Landscapes: AIA practical weekend 2018

The AIA Practical Weekend in 2018 is devoted to the study of mining landscapes and will be based in Matlock Bath in Derbyshire.

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The weekend will include a series of visits led by local archaeologist and mining expert John Barnatt. John has recently retired from his role as Senior Archaeologist with the Peak District National Park and is a former winner of Britain’s premier archaeology award, the Silver Trowel Award, for his work on the remains of the lead industry.

The weekend will include a visit to the splendid Peak District Mining Museum in Matlock Bath and its adjacent Temple Mine; the surface remains of Magpie Mine, run by the Peak District Mining Society; and an exploration of other mining landscapes in the area, with an underground visit to one of the local caverns which were exploited for minerals, including the famous Blue John.

The ticket price includes all visits and an evening meal on Saturday. Lunches are not included (there will be an opportunity for delegates to purchase lunch on both days). For more information please visit the AIA website.

The event is part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage‘s Mining and Metals month.

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Saturday 7th April:
10am – Assemble at the Grand Pavillion in Matlock Bath. Visit to the Peak District Mining Museum, introduced by Dr Lynn Willies, former Chairman of the Peak District Mines Historical Society. This will be followed by a short visit into Temple Mine (no climbing involved). Delegates to find their own lunch.

2.30pm – Visit to Magpie Mine (surface only), led by members of the Peak District Mines Historical Society. This site has the best preserved surface remains of mining and lead dressing in the Peak District. 

6.30pm – Group meal at The Fishpond, Matlock Bath, opposite the Pavilion (included in the ticket price). 

8pm – Lecture by John Barnatt on mining in the Peak District in the Pavilion, Matlock Bath.

Sunday 8th April:
10am. Assemble at cable car station, Matlock Bath, for trip up to Masson Cavern, Heights of Abraham, and underground visit led by John Barnatt. Normal tourist route with additional information, no climbing involved. 
Lunch available in the cafe‚ on the Heights of Abraham. 

Optional visit pm. Mandale Mine, Over Haddon. Half an hour’s journey north of Matlock Bath.


April 7, 2018 @ 10:00 am
April 8, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
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