Bookings for NAMHO 2017 Now Live

Bookings are now open for the National Association of Mining History Organisations (NAMHO) Conference 2017, to be based around Godstone, Surrey, UK over the weekend of 23-26th June 2017. A lively and exciting weekend of underground trips, lectures and social events, hosted by the Wealden Cave & Mine Society, in their 50th anniversary year, so do come and help us celebrate!

Book by the end of February to enjoy the early bird delegate discount and to benefit from free drinks (yes we did say free!) on Saturday night.

For more details see the conference web site.

Fan Bay WW2 Shelter, Dover. Subject of a talk at NAMHO 2017, and a field trip. Photo: Peter Burgess

The lectures will be largely focussed on the theme “Mining History Organisations – Achievements and Challenges”, and will cover a wide range of mine-related projects undertaken in recent years in the UK.

The following speakers are currently in the lecture programme:

  • Tracy Elliot (The Trevithick Society)
  • Peter Burgess (WCMS) – Opening the Reigate Caves
  • Paul Sowan (WCMS) – Surrey hearthstone mining and the hearthstone trade
  • Jon Barker (National Trust) Fan Bay Shelters
  • Jon Maisey (Gloucester Speleological Society) – Windrush Quarry
  • Pete Jackson (NAMHO) The future of NAMHO as a national voluntary organisation
  • Hamish Orr-Ewing (Avon Industrial Buildings Trust) – Brandy Bottom Colliery Project
  • Paul Thorne (KURG) Investigating limestone mines at Burwash
  • John Smiles (KURG) – Saving Wartling ZUN
  • Peter Claughton (NAMHO) – Working across boundaries – Research Framework for the Archaeology of the Extractive Industries in England
  • Dave Hardwicke (SGMRG) – Serridge Pumping Engine Project
  • Richard Shaw (BGS retired) – BGS projects pertinent to the mine-explorer
  • Hugh Carson (Ecton Mines Educational Trust) – (1) Dressing floor project (2) submersible drones


And, of course, there is a full schedule of site visits, both surface, and underground, to suit all.

So whatever your preference, whether to listen in comfort to presentations on what your fellow mine-explorers have been up to, or to visit a variety of sites, many not normally accessible, book your place quickly before the available field trips become full.