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 16, 2021
British Mining No 111 - Memoirs 2021 Papers in Memoirs 2021 are: London Lead Company, Bargains and Payments in the Alston and Teesdale Districts – David McAnelly The Olive Bank Colliery, Musselburgh – Simon Chapman When John Buddle of Newcastle was asked to evaluate some Portuguese coal mines (1818) – José Manuel Brandão…Read More
February 1, 2021
Latest monograph published
British Mining No 110 – Migration and Mortality of the Miners of Alston Moor by David McAnelly The influence of political conditions on the price of lead and its effect on the profitability of the mines of Alston Moor is traced through the 19th century. Foreign competition and declining lead reserves resulted…Read More
September 15, 2020
Accident & Disasters Reports 1658-1979
Accident & Disasters Reports 1658-1979, provided by Ian Winstanley and the Coal Mining History Resource Centre, have been added to the website. While there are around 740 of these, they are not a complete list. Each report, created from various sources like the official report, articles in the Colliery Guardian,…Read More