Welsh Mines Society
Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru
(Member of the National Association of Mining History Organisations - NAMHO)

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Notable Updates
Sept 2016
WMS meets programme - latest updates :
March 2017 : Indoor meet
June and Sept 2017 :
Field meet
After 10 years as Chairman, John Hine has handed the role to Neil Culross.
Jul 2013
George W. Hall
Prev' Hon President WMS
See here for Obituary
Feb 2006
David Bick
Founder of WMS
See below for Obituaries
Draft Constitution
Latest revision, for comment 
Please return your responses
to the Chairman
For details of our insurance, provided through the BCA, visit their web site.
In 2008 WMS became a member of the
Cambrian Caving Council
As of May 2009, the WMS pages www.welshmines.org
now reside on a dedicated host. During the transfer some reorganising has occured, so if you had links or favorites to specific pages, these will now need updating.

Note also that the Officers of the Society can be e-mailed using editor@welshmines.org etc., see links right.
News & Info 
Want to learn about the Welsh Mines Society ?
Note: The 'Welsh Mines Access Group' control access to specific slate quarries in North Wales (currently Cwmorthin & Wrysgarn).
They have no association with the Welsh Mines Society.
Read more here.
Cave Access Limited manage recreational access to various mines and caves on land owned by Natural Resources Wales. (List of sites)
The BCA polled its members (Dec 2014) as to whether or not caving should be included in the CRoW.
An update on the results and progress can be found here.
The next NAMHO conference, titled : " Mining History Organisations - 'Achievements and Challenges'is to be hosted by the Wealden Cave and Mine Society
and held in South East of England 23rd to 26th June 2017.
Further details (as and when they become available) can be found here.
WMS Occasional Journal : 'Welsh Mines and Mining'
* Now Available *
No. 4 : NAMHO 2014 Proceedings
"Mining Technology : Technological Innovation in the Extractive Industries"
More Details &Order Form

Details of all WMS Occasional Journals
Caver Fatality in Coal Mine
Download and read the Coal Authority report
- it could save your life !
Officers of the Welsh Mines Society
Neil Culross
Editor Raymond Griffiths
Secretary/Treasurer David Roe
Comments or suggestions about these pages ?
Please email Mike Munro Webmaster.
Quick Links
Visit the new web pages of the Welsh Mines
Preservation Trust
Visit the Welshmines.org guestbook and leave a message...
Read David Bick's very first book - 'The Bick Wagon'
Made available with help and approval of William Bick.
Contains several references to Davids mining adventures
Like to discuss mining history with other like minded individuals ?
 Then sign on to the
Mining History Network discussion list.
British Geological Survey
National Mining Plans Portal - search for the oldest mining map.
Read the Press Release.
The Mining Journal

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-WalesSadly 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.

This page last updated on 30th Sept 2016