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.


2023Metal MiningPublications
May 5, 2023

Latest monograph published

British Mining No. 115 – Female Employment at the Metal Mines of the UK and Ireland by Lynne Mayers Women and young girls were employed in the metalliferous mining areas of the UK and Ireland from the times of the earliest records. However, this aspect of mining has received little attention from…
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February 3, 2023

The Third International Early Engines Conference (IEEC3)

The Third International Early Engines Conference (IEEC3) Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life: 22-24 March 2024 Please note that the Northern Mine Research Society are only a sponsor of this conference. Conference Details and Call for Papers Building on the success of our previous conferences, we are delighted to confirm…
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November 16, 2022

Latest copy of British Mining published

British Mining No 114 – Memoirs 2022 Papers in Memoirs 2022 are: The relationship of the Comet and the Logaulas lodes across the Ystwyth Fault, West Cwmystwyth to Hafod, mid-Wales. David M.D. James Hamstead, the most dangerous colliery in South Staffordshire. Nigel A. Chapman Items from the ‘gold mynes’ of Crawford Moor. R.M.…
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