Nenthead Information Event 17th March 2018

We are holding an information event at Nenthead Village Hall on Saturday 17th March from 1300 to 1700hrs.

Cumbria County Council owns the land and buildings at Nenthead Mines. The Council has invited the Society to submit a Business case for the transfer of the site to the Charity.

Please come and see our plans, Share your opinions and talk about the future of the site.

Meet the Society volunteers. Join the Society and help to conserve the mines for everyone.


Our Archive

We have an archive which is presently being catalogued.  We will publish the indexes as they become available. The catalogue of Maps and Plans is now available. Click on Maps and Plans.

The archives may be viewed by appointment. Either email or phone 07519836019.

The contents include:

  • Nenthead Mines archaeology, geology and historical  records
  • Mine Plans and maps
  • Site photographs
  • Books

Site Report 23 February

Since our last report, we have made slow progress on site.  Snow has prevented access both to Nenthead and the site. An expected delivery of wood on 13th February was cancelled because the roads around Alston were impassable in places. The wood eventually arrived on the 16th.

The wood delivery includes a joist and floor boarding for The Barracks. Work on the 10th and 11th had revealed wet and dry rot in a floor joist. The affected timber was removed together with large areas of the ground floor ceiling and internal plasterboard walls. All this demolition created a mess of broken plasterboard and timber which was eventually stacked outside to await the arrival of a rubbish skip. Chris Chilton, Rachel Chilton, Will Barron,  Sandra Hall, Pete Jackson,Allan Richardson, Steve Bentley, and Rosemary Vidler were the team.

The skip arrived for Wednesday 21st but had to be left near to Rampgill Level because the skip wagon could not get traction on the icy road. Martyn Langley later dragged the skip onto the site using his Land Rover.

On the  21st, the new joist was cut to size by Alec Langley and Chris Battersby and made ready for installation. Audrey Battersby cleared the ground floor mess and with Mark Hatton and Joyce Jackson worked to fill the skip with the demolition material. Colin Wilkinson was checking and rearranging the wiring in The Barracks. Sheila Barker and Anne Hopkirk tried to work in the Office whilst subject to power cuts. Meanwhile, Andy Hopkirk was discussing drone imagery and mapping with a new visitor, whilst Mark Hatton also introduced  our Eden District Councillor, Lissie Sharp,to the site.


Work Day Report 6th December 2017

Another great day with plenty achieved. Sheila Barker continued the sort of the Eric Richardson collection documents and Audrey Battersby put more paint on the Assay House windows – both of them were snug and warm. Meanwhile…..Anne and Andy Hopkirk completed the sort of the Mineral Specimen collection drawers aided by the gas heater loaned by Chris Chilton. We took the thermometer out of The Barracks so that they would not know how cold it was. Joyce Jackson cleared the mud from the showers and then went to work in the mine.

Alec, Graham and Chris


Down the mine, it was more warm than The Barracks. Colin Agnew, Rosemary Vidler, Graham Brooks, Alec Langley Chris Buckingham, and Chris Battersby removed rotten roof timbers and installed new sections. Joyce Jackson and Martyn Langley came to help later.

Pete Jackson gave a conducted tour of the mine to PCSO Tony Labram and had a useful discussion about recent burglaries on our site. Colin Wilkinson installed a replacement outside light at The Barracks.

Graham and Alec

Colin A, Rosemary, Martyn and Joyce

Old and new timber and Wagon No 1

New timbers

8th and 15th November reporting, and the Art Group Visit on 12th November.

8th and 15th November Wednesday Work days.

Most of the year we can ignore our location high on the Pennine hills, until we are reminded in November when the temperature falls and the snow starts. The snow fell on the 8th and melted, but the outside temperature fell to 2C by the 15th.  On the 15th, we worked in a balmy 7C in Carrs mine, checking timber, surveying and doing a little exploring. Jim, Graham, Chris and Pete were in the mine today.

We are going to replace a fair amount of the entrance crosscut timbering over the winter and clean off some of the loose rock.

Meanwhile Audrey was very carefully painting windows inside the Assay House.The windows look better than they have for years – a very neat job completed.

Andy, Anne and Pete sorted through mineral specimens to remove the poorer quality specimens from our collection. Standing still in a cold Barracks building makes one think a lot faster and harder – it was colder inside than out in the yard!

The archive and computer team have sorted, checked and verified. We now have two back-up discs, one of which is taken off site after every Wednesday. Sheila, Anne and Joyce have been systematically checking through our systems.

Colin and Chris have also installed a new extraction system for the Assay House showers and Audrey has primed the woodwork.

ART GROUP VISIT 12th November  –  East Durham Artists Network

We hosted a visit from the EDAN team who wanted to visit a mine. Some of the members are former miners and some are new to underground. They have a good Facebook page and you can read more about their visit.

Thanks to Chris, Will, Frank and Charley who hosted this group.




Paper, rocks, scissors.

Wednesday 1st November work day was a quiet affair.  Anne, Andy and Pete viewed sections of the mineral collection with a view to reducing the number of examples that we hold.  Martyn repaired Middlecleugh Mine shop door which had been damaged by an attempted break-in. Sheila and Joyce sorted through our stocks of books in The Barracks.  Graham and Colin constructed air extraction ducting for the Assay House showers. Martyn cut up paper to produce scale drawings of the kitchen with different layouts.

Thanks to all our team for the volunteer work today.

Wednesday 1st November 2017 Work Day

Wednesday Work Day
2nd November 2017

Programme will include archive work (inside). We may also be starting the installation of an improved air extract system for the Assay House showers.
Outdoor work may be curtailed by low temperatures – ( and we do not have any sand in stock for road repairs). No more lime work possible due to low temperatures and Carrs Mine work cannot start until after last mine visit on 12th November.Assume that there will be no outdoor work this week.

Pete 07718385646