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.
July 28, 2018
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
May 21, 2018
We are pleased to announce the release of a database of mining information compiled by the late Alasdair Neill. The database contains over 76,000 entries and is fully searchable. Thanks are due also to Mike Gill who took on, and completed the enormous task of converting well over 6,000 pages of…Read More
May 17, 2018
Map of Mining Accidents
The mining industry is renowned for having a high number of accidents, many of them fatal. We are pleased to present this new map which shows the distribution of many mining accidents in coal and miscellaneous mines throughout the UK. The image is the Astley Deep Pit disaster 1874 from the…Read More