News: Latest NAMHO Newsletter highlights launch of mining research agenda

News: Latest NAMHO Newsletter highlights launch of mining research agenda

In the latest newsletter from NAMHO, Peter Claughton gives a detailed account of the launch of the Archaeology of Mining and Quarrying in England Research Framework at a seminar earlier this year in April. In the discussions that followed the presentation, and quoting from Peter’s report, it was the matters of maintaining comprehensive inventories of…

News: Tratman Award 2015

News: Tratman Award 2015

The Tratman Award, 2015 The Tratman Award has been awarded annually since 1979 to a caving-related paper-based publication in memory of E.K. Tratman, who died in 1978. It covers books, journals and articles published in a calendar year and is administered by the Ghar Parau Foundation, but judged by independent cavers; for 2015 these were…

Events: Nenthead Mines Open Days for 2016 Published

Events: Nenthead Mines Open Days for 2016 Published

For many mine explorers, Nenthead in Cumbria is the Mecca of British mining, with a vast amount of underground exploration potential. For those who prefer an easier introduction to the mines, the open days run by the Nenthead Mines Conservation Society, are an attractive option. Carrs Show Mine is an established site where you can…

Mining News: Life forms found in two-mile deep mines

Mining News: Life forms found in two-mile deep mines

The BBC reports on research work in two-mile-deep gold mines in South Africa where strange nematode worms have been found living deep within the rock. http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20151124-meet-the-strange-creatures-that-live-in-solid-rock-deep-underground It isn’t only in caves that we encounter “cave-life”. What is the oddest living thing you have ever found in an old mine? Please tell us about the strange…

SR high T: DCC Stunt of the Year 2015

SR high T: DCC Stunt of the Year 2015

In September this year some DCC members went to Hidden Earth, as they often do. Much shit red wine was drunk, many bruises were gained, and all of the swimming pool alarms were set off. Amongst the madness, I managed to cobble together some photographs to enter into the competition, and even found a comedy shot of Tom from 2 years ago drinking a cup of tea whilst doing some SRT practice in Bear Pit at Alderley Edge. SRTea Break didn’t win the comedy fun shot category, but it did rekindle an idea in Kieran and Charlotte that had to be done. They were having a full SRTea Party.

October 2013
October 2013
We knew that it had to be done before the DCC’s annual dinner at the end of November, in time to be considered for the club’s Stunt of the Year award. Planning started in earnest on Saturday 10th October at an SRT practice day in Alderley Edge. Kieran, Charlotte, Pete and James went to scout out potential underground locations in the copper mines that we look after, and settled on West Mine. Only problem was the entrance- it’s a small lid with a short ladder and there was no chance of getting a decent sized table down there. We set a date so Kieran set about cannibalising and rigging an old pine table and chairs, and ended up sawing the table in half to be reassembled underground later. Meanwhile Charlotte, Pete and James were busy sourcing various items of fine china, candelabra, cake stand, table cloth, napkins and of course, appropriate clothing. It was decided that a personalised DCC teapot was just the thing that was needed, and I must admit this was my only job apart from photographing the whole thing!

 

At this point I would love to tell everyone exactly how this was rigged, and how much work I put into it. But instead I turned up fashionably (ahem) late after a party the night before, but in perfect time to take photos of the whole bonkers affair with some flash props and help from Joel and Adam. Fortunately the table was suspended in a spot high up the main chamber, which already had some bolts in place. I cannot describe the utter hilarity of watching Charlotte and James descend the pitch whilst sat down and strapped to chairs in their harnesses, which were hidden underneath their clothes. Before they could get down, the table had to be cleared by means of winching a big bag up and down the pitch. I don’t think a single thing got dropped or broken, surely a feat in itself! Then it was Kieran and Pete’s turn at the table. I think I speak for everyone present when I say how happy I was that Kieran wore shorts underneath his tea dress. He seemed rather comfortable in the heels though. Enjoy…!

Thank you to all involved for another crazy DCC stunt!