Peak District Mining Museum

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Visit a museum where you can experience and wonder at the forgotten world of a Derbyshire lead miner. For centuries, men have toiled underground in cramped and hazardous conditions to earn a meagre living by extracting the mineral galena (lead ore).

See the tools they used, clothes they wore, the advances in technology and the importance of this metal in our modern day lives.

Crawl and climb through a maze of twisted tunnels and shafts to feel for yourself the cramped conditions of a Derbyshire lead miner. Read about the strange and ancient laws that controlled the miner's and marvel at a history dating back over 2000 years to Roman times.

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Opening hours

1000-1700 everyday summer
1100-1500 everyday winter
Mine tours 12 and 2pm
Variable Open for private bookings
Christmas Period Closed

Closed: Christmas Day

Collection details

Archaeology, Natural Sciences, Science and Technology

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Lead Mining in Derbyshire

Schools outreach facilities including KS2 lesson plans, activities, artefacts, minerals and roleplay costumes. Themes explored include local minerals; how these minerals were extracted in the past; peculiar laws of lead mining; hazards of lead mining and mining vocabularly.
The resource can be loaned by schools to use as a series of 6 lessons for a local studies project, or museum staff can bring the resource out and conduct activities for a day.


  • The resource was created by Laura Smith, from the museum, and Chris Watts, teacher at a local primary school, with funding and support from the MLA.

How to obtain

Contact the museum on 01629 583834

Peak District Mining Museum
The Pavilion
Matlock Bath




01629 583834

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