The Grand Pavilion
South Parade
Matlock Bath
DE4 3NR
01629 583834
mail@peakmines.co.uk

News & Events

We have just been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018!

That makes it two years running. 

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The Museum Mouse Hunt* is one of the activities that is particularly popular with our younger visitors.  The mice are very cute and cuddly and very good at hiding.

This Whit Bank Holiday we have an extra little treat for children who can find all of the mice - bring the sheet to the front desk and our lovely staff will give you a special sticker!

Happy Mouse Hunting! 

(*Please note - no mice are hurt in the Museum Mouse Hunt!)

We run Fantastic Fossil activity sessions for school groups, and groups such as Brownies, Cubs, Scouts and Guides.

Last week we had an evening group who learnt about how fossils are formed, examined different fossils, made detailed drawings of them and models in salt dough of what the living creature was like.

To finish off they went on a fossil hunt around the museum to find the answers to a quiz.

Did you know that before people understood about fossils they thought belemnite fossils were bolts of lightning that had hit the ground?

Not sure what a belemnite is?  Come on a Fantastic Fossil activity session!

The picture is one of the salt dough models of an ammonite.  

This weekend we have a Craft Fair in the Pump Room next to the museum.

The Craft Fair always brings a bit of sparkle and fun to Matlock Bath!

Entry to the fair is free.

Don't forget to also pop in and have a look in our shop.  We have rocks and minerals, books galore, Blue John jewellery from Treak Cliff Cavern, numerous conserves from Mrs Bridges and much, much more.

On the weekend of the 2nd-3rd June there will be an event held at The Dome in Buxton to commemorate the life and work of Dr Trevor Ford.

On the Saturday there will be a series of talks on some of the many aspects of geology that Dr Ford had an interest in.

Attendance is open to all and free of charge.

On the Sunday there is a programme of field excursions which includes guided tours of Magpie Mine.

Attendance is open to all and free of charge but visits do need to be booked on the Saturday.

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We have just had a new artefact delivered - a lead ingot or 'pig' of lead as they are sometimes called.

The ingot was discovered in a ship wreck in to the West of the English Channel but unfortunately the ship has not been identified.

The ingots were stacked neatly on the sea bed just as they would have been in the ship.  This stack of ingots had then been colonised by eels.

Four ingots were brought to the surface and after the crustaceans had been cleaned off the smelter's stamp became clear T.S. Co Ld SPAIN.  This was the Thomas Sopwith Company Limited who had lead mines, plants and a smelter in Linares, Spain.

The area around Linares was well-known in the Nineteenth century for lead smelting and casting with the main companies being owned by British men.

To see more photographs and information about the ingot and Thomas Sopwith go to the Peak District Mines Historical Society facebook page  - www.facebook.com/pdhms

We plan to have the ingot on display with information about Thomas Sopwith in the museum in the next couple of weeks.

A big thank you goes to Odyssey Marine Exploration for recovering the ingot and to the Receiver of Wrecks for re-homing it with us.

In the geology zone of the museum there are hundreds of different rocks and minerals from around the World.

We know that this area often fascinates our younger visitors, so with them in mind we have made two treasure hunts.

One is for beginners - aimed at age 6 and under.

The second treasure hunt is much more of a challenge!  Take a look through the drawers and cabinets and see how many points you can score.

You will find the laminated sheets on the side in the geology zone.  Happy rock hunting!

 

As part of the Matlock Bath Through Time exhibition we have a new board game for families to play.

Can you safely make your way from the Grand Pavilion building where the museum is now based to the Victoria Tower at the top of the hill?

This area of the museum lots of family activities including building bricks to use to re-create some of the local buildings, eye spy cards and picture challenges.

There are also the dressing up clothes which are popular with all ages.

 

In 2017 the Peak District Lead Mining Museum was awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

We think that our miner looks pretty good wearing the flag!

Check out the reviews on TripAdvisor and Google and do leave a review after your visit.

Have you seen our stained glass window?  It is looking glorious in the sunshine.

It represents old Matlock Bath and the lead mining in the lower part.

Then in the top panes there is modern Matlock Bath with a motorbike wheel, an ice cream, a plate of fish and chips and a couple of the fish from the thermal pools.

It was created as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded new exhibition called Matlock Bath Through Time.

The Winter-Spring programme of heritage talks were rounded off by a talk by John Barnatt.  John spoke to a capacity audience about the Ancient Mines of Matlock Bath.  The heritage talks, which are held at the mining museum,  are joint fundraisers for the museum and the Matlock Bath Heritage Group.

This season there have been talks on the High Peak railway, the quarries of Wirksworth, the minerals of the Peak District and the Arkwright family. 

Talks begin again in October starting with a talk on the Cromford canal. 

 

UPDATE - The 2018 Magpie Heritage Day will be on Sunday 16th September 2018!

Free guided tours start at 11am, last tour 4pm.

More details to follow!!

 

Sunday 10th September 2017

Discover the history of the 'best preserved example' of a lead mining site in the Peak District, hear about the Magpie Murders and the Widows' curse, and learn what we are doing to conserve this site for future generations.

Free guided tours
First tour starts at 11:00am, last tour 4:00pm
Blacksmithing demonstrations
Refreshments
Donations welcome

Further information on www.pdmhs.com

Lead Mining in Matlock & Three Miles Around

Tuesday 16th May 2017 @ The Peak District Lead Mining Museum

A talk by Lynn Willies.

Find out about the lead mining heritage of the Matlock area.  The talk will include information on the lead mining industries of Darley Dale, Matlock, Matlock Bath, Cromford, Bonsall, Wirksworth, Crich and villages in between!

Tickets are £6 (£5 for PDMHS members & Friends of the Pavilion) Under 18s are half price.  Price includes tea and cake!

Tickets are available in advance or on the day from the museum.  01629 583834 for any additional information.  Wheel chair accessible.

A joint fundraiser for the Peak District Lead Mining Museum and The Matlock Bath Heritage Group.

 

 

28th October 6pm

Join us for a nightime tour of Temple Mine where you will hear some spooky tales about old Derbyshire miners.
Followed up with panning for gold by moonlight!

Aimed at children aged 8-11 this is a family friendly Halloween event.

Tickets MUST be bought in advance from the Mining Museum.
£5.00 adult
£4.00 child/concession
£15 for 1 adult and 3 children
All children must be accompanied by an adult, maximum of 3 children per adult.

Peak District Mining Museum, Matlock Bath.
01629 583834
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On Friday 13th May as part of the ‘Museums at Night’ festival the Peak District Mining Museum in Matlock Bath opened their doors after closing time to lots of excited families.

The theme was ‘Fantastic Fossils’ and visitors were encouraged to have hands on fun.

Children were able to get up close to real fossils with magnifying glasses, make salt dough models of fossils and break open dinosaur eggs.

Families explored the museum at night, dressed up as miners and crawled through tunnels.


Upcoming events at the museum include:

‘Fish in the bath’ 18th and 19th June – a free event for all the family.
‘The real minecraft’ – a guided tour of the mine with a ‘minecraft’ theme plus more!
‘Spooky tales in the mine’ – a guided tour of the mine aimed at children 8yrs+

 

 

 

 

Magpie Mine wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

The Peak District Mines Historical Society has received £74,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to carry out essential repairs to one of the oldest buildings on the Magpie Mine site, the Square Chimney

Ever since it was formed in 1959, the Peak District Mines Historical Society (PDMHS) has tried to record and preserve the fast-disappearing evidence of the lead mining industry in Derbyshire and further afield. Magpie Mine, between Bakewell, Monyash and Sheldon, where mining has taken place for more than two centuries, is one of the best examples of a former lead mining site.

The buildings at Magpie Mine, constructed from the local limestone, suffer from the severe weather conditions experienced on this exposed site. A survey, funded by Natural England and carried out for the Society in 2013, identified that the buildings will require some £¼-million pounds-worth of repair work to maintain them in a safe and viable condition for the future.

The priority for repair is the Square Chimney. This is one of the oldest structures on the site, having been built in 1840 to serve a steam-powered winding engine.  The original boiler house and engine house have long since gone, but the chimney was retained and re-used to serve another winding engine.  The survey reported that although the Square Chimney appeared from the outside to be in reasonable condition, an internal examination using modern rope-access techniques revealed that some of the inner skin of stonework had fallen away.  The examiner reported: 'I could see daylight through the gaps between the stones.'

The Heritage Lottery Fund grant will enable the Society to employ conservation experts to repair the Square Chimney, the associated ground-level flue, and a small building at the base of the Chimney.

The restoration will be carried out using traditional techniques, including the use of lime mortar, and it is planned to complete this work in the summer of 2016 so that the lime mortar can start to cure before the onset of frosty weather.

The HLF Grant will also be used to improve the information that is provided to visitors to Magpie Mine. A series of display panels in the building at the base of the chimney will explain the history and development of the Magpie Mine and the work carried out on the Square Chimney.  They will also describe the ecology of the area, with information about the wild flowers (including unusual lead-tolerant species) that can be found on the site.

 

http://www.pdmhs.com/

 

We have something really exciting coming up.

This year we will be taking part in the nationwide Museums at night event!
Friday 13th May 2016 5pm - 7pm.

Explore the museum after hours and find out more about fantastic fossils! Climb through the museums tunnels and dress up as a miner! We will have some fantastic fossils to touch and see. Get up close with a magnifying glass! Lots of fantastic fossil themed activities to take part in and you even get the chance to make your own fossil!
Discounted tea and coffee for grown ups!

£5 per adult, children go free to this one night only event. (Up to 3 children admitted per adult)


Part of the nationwide Museums at Night event http://goo.gl/zgR8Zy

Please contact the museum by phone (01629 583834) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to reserve your ticket.

If you have visited the museum recently then you will know that there is lots of hard work taking place in preparation for our ‘Matlock Bath Through Time’ project.

One of the windows in the museum is going to be transformed into a beautiful leaded glass window that will reflect the different aspects of Matlock Bath. We are really lucky to have two talented leaded glass artists working on this project.

But we really want to say a big thank you to Heaps Arnold who have very kindly donated all of the lead and solder needed for the construction of the window.

HeapsArnold 

 

 

 

The museum is now open every day of the week from 11am-4pm, with tours of Temple Mine running at 12 noon and 2pm. Remember to call ahead to secure a place on a tour and bring sensible footwear if you plan to go underground!

The Great War - Life in the Bath, an exhibition investigation life in Matlock Bath during the years around Would War One, opens Saturday 9th August until Sunday 21st September in The Pump Room. The exhibition has been co-curated by the museum and Matlock Bath Parish Council, with contributions from the community of Matlock Bath, including some imaginative artwork by pupils of Holy Trinity Primary School.  The exhibition is free entry and open every day from 10am until 4pm.

(Picture courtesy of the Tony Holmes Collection)