|About the Welsh Mines Society
The Welsh Mines Society arose in June
1979 out of an informal meeting of subscribers to David Bicks' Old
Metal Mines of Mid-Wales
Sadly David died in
January of 2006, (Obituaries : by GWHall and SJSHughes)
but his influence on the research and preservation
of Welsh mining history will never be lost.
From the start our ambitions have been modest enough - we never
set out to do anything in particular, and, judging by attendance's (to our
twice yearly field meets), we have succeeded pretty well.
Although we sought to do so little,
much in fact has been done. Several (mining) sites have benefited
from our labours, we have hosted NAMHO, and the Welsh Mines Preservation
Trust, born of the WMS in 1991, has achieved a great deal. In addition,
several members have worked closely with Cadw and the Royal Commission
on Historical Buildings in recording and preservation. And, during
the last 35 plus years, our interests have broadened into slate and even
coal as well.