WHAT WE DO
We are a group of people dedicated to the preservation and recording of mining history, Northern referring to our administrative base rather than our field of interest. We started as the Northern Cavern & Mine Research Society in 1960, but our members’ increasing interest in mining led us to change the original name to the present title in 1975.
We have established a reputable publishing house, utilized by many interested in mining history, archaeology, geology, social and family history etc. Many of our publications are still available, but for those out of print we offer some in PDF format, and in some cases have some good pre-owned copies available.
Many institutions benefit from our subscription service and we provide generous trade terms.
Our website is not just for our members, although new members are always welcome, but for anyone who shares our interests. There is a great deal of searchable information freely available, including our mining pages.
Our Facebook page not only informs of our activities but of others with similar interests.
November 4, 2018
British Mining No 106 Memoirs 2018 A history of the Pooley Hall Colliery (Nigel A. Chapman) A day in the life of the Selby Coalfield complex Wednesday 29 May 1996 (Neil Rowley) The Clifton Hall Colliery explosion 1885, Messrs. Andrew Knowles & Sons and the Staffordshire miners connection (Peter Cutler)…Read More
November 4, 2018
Latest monograph published
British Mining No 105 The Lead Mines of Strontian by Stephen Moreton and David I. Green This account of the lead mines of Strontian is an exhaustive history from their first recorded exploitation in 1714 to the baryte mining of Strontian Minerals Ltd in 1991. The research includes information from…Read More
July 28, 2018
A miner’s life in the 1950s
We are please to have been given permission to reproduce here, part of Jack Gale's autobiography, relating to the time he was employed at Middleton Broom Colliery, Leeds, from 1951 to 1959. He provides a valuable insight into how coal mines were worked and the life of a miner, in…Read More