The Wealden Cave & Mine Society was founded in 1967. WCMS differs from many caving groups, for besides its interest in natural caves, there is a strong interest in mines and underground stone quarries with an emphasis on the preservation and recording of industrial history.
Our social focus is in the South East, but we visit all parts of the country where mines or caves can be found, on a more or less regular basis.
The society has had the exclusive use of a stone cottage in South Wales, called “The Stump”, directly above Ogof-Ffynnon-Ddu.
The society has the responsibility, and pleasure, of running Cave Open Days every summer, in the old market town of Reigate in Surrey.
Our membership includes ‘traditional’ cavers whose main interest is exploring natural caves. In this respect we are much like many other clubs. But we are not just a caving club. We have many mine historians as members and we are proud of the many years of hard work that we have done to study, explore and survey the old mines and tunnels of Surrey. We often say that we go caving in the mines, but it would be more accurate to say that when we do this we are mining historians and archaeologists. It is true that we use caving techniques and equipment to work in the mines safely, but our primary aim there is not to exercise our bodies, but our minds, as we slowly but surely piece together the forgotten stories of these fascinating places.
Our social focus is in the South East, but we visit all parts of the country on a more or less regular basis.
Club Web Site: www.wcms.org.uk