The database behind this mapping began life as a paper index of sites in the Northern Cavern & Mine Research Society Records in the early 1960s. It was digitised, in dBASE III format, in the late 1980s and is now held in Access and contains a wide range of information. The Northern Mine Research Society is pleased to make this valuable tool freely available to anyone interested in mining history.

Please note that sites are recorded as point data, but it must be remembered that some occupied larger areas.

Mike Gill – NMRS Recorder

We also have other maps covering mining and these can be found here


No project like this can be completed without help from a wide range of individuals, and over fifty years many people have contributed data, much of it from NMRS publications. The data on oil and gas wells was generated by Mike Gill when writing a paper about “Onshore Oil and Gasfields in the UK” – British Mining No.88 (2009), pp.110-115. That on Scottish oil shale is also by Mike Gill, with the invaluable aid of the website of the Museum of the Scottish Shale Oil Industry.

Especial thanks are due to: Theodore Faull, Head of GIS at Terrafirma Mine Searches Ltd., for converting files for use with Google Maps.

The map is displayed using Google Maps. Zoom the map in to find the site that you want, point and click on the marker circle to view the data for that site.

Please note that the data contained here is not an exhaustive list, if you know of any sites not listed here please get in touch with our Recorder and we will look at adding these to the next file update.

Tip – The easiest way to zoom back to the full page is to refresh your browser by pressing F5.

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