NAMHO 2022 Booking Open

NAMHO 2022 will be hosted by the Cleveland Mining Heritage Society and take place in Grosmont, North Yorkshire from Friday 17th to Monday 20th June 2022. 

Rosedale East Ironstone Mine (Patrick Chambers)
© Photo by Tom Mutton, copyright Land of Iron

A two-day lecture programme with the theme “Industrial Minerals” will take place at St Matthew’s Church, Grosmont on Saturday and Sunday.

Full details can be found on the NAMHO Website

NAMHO Conference 2022 Accommodation update

NAMHO 2022 will be hosted by the Cleveland Mining Heritage Society and take place in Grosmont, North Yorkshire from Friday 17th to Monday 20th June 2022.
Organised accommodation will be exclusive use of the Holme House Residential Centre and Campsite (normally a Girl Guide facility) at the nearby hamlet of Esk Valley, 1km walk from Grosmont along a footpath at the side of the heritage railway.

We intend to provide camping for £15 per night and bunks for £20 per night INCLUDING breakfast. The downstairs bunkhouse toilets, showers, kitchen and lounge will be available to the campers. Further details and photos are included below.
We hope most people will be able to stay here and make the short commute to the lecture venue on foot, rather than attempting to drive/park in Grosmont itself which can be extremely busy on weekends due to steam buffs and costs £5 per day.
Unfortunately, we are NOT able to allow camper vans / caravans at the Holme House site, currently we are planning for them to stay in a Car Park in Grosmont, which is likely to incur the £5 per day fee.

If these arrangements suit you, then you need take NO ACTION at this time, these facilities will be booked via the NAMHO website when full details are launched (hopefully at the end of January)

However, for those who don’t enjoy the camping experience, are unable to make the 1km walk, or would simply prefer to go elsewhere, we recommend you start to make your own arrangement very soon. Staycations look set to be popular again in 2022 and the Grosmont area is a tourist hotspot.

The surrounding villages offer some B&B / AirBNB / Holiday rentals, however Whitby is the only sizeable town nearby, with numerous B&B’s, hotels and caravan parks, this is approximately 20 minutes drive or train ride away.

Facilities at Holme House include:
Large dormitory sleeping 24 in bunk beds
Two bedrooms, each with twin beds and wash hand basins
Fully equipped stainless steel kitchen with 6 burner large cooker, microwave, boiler.
Separate area for food storage. Fridge and freezer. Pot and pans, cutlery, and crockery
Dining room with benches and tables, Activity room with chairs and foldaway tables
Lounge area with low seating and tables
Two toilets with wash hand basins downstairs, plus four shower cubicles
Not provided – sleeping bags, pillows, towels, toilet rolls and cleaning materials

Camping facilities include:
Enclosed campsite adjacent to house.
Use of downstairs Bunk House facilities such as kitchen, dining room, lounge.
Barn available with fridge-freezer, tables and chairs.
Single outside toilet with wash hand basin
Open fires allowed but no turfing
No trailer tents, campers, caravans or dogs allowed

NAMHO 2022 – Watch this space !!

NAMHO Conference 2022
“Industrial Minerals”
Friday 17th – Monday 20th June 2022
Cleveland Mining Heritage Society invite you to spend the weekend at Grosmont, in the North York Moors National Park.

Two-day lecture programme in a venue adjacent to the North York Moors Railway, a short walk from bunkhouse and campsite with their own mineshaft !

Surface and underground visits planned to local Ironstone, Jet, Alum and Whinstone workings.

Watch the NAMHO website in early 2022 for further details and booking information.

Esk mine powder magazine

Pictures by Eric Duston

Work progressing on the left hand side of the doorway .

Bricks being set into the centre of the wall,on this magazine the wall is three courses of bricks thick .

Colin checking the bricks are level

Work progressing on the right hand side of the door,note the slots for the original wooden floor joists.

Another brick goes into place

Iron Ore in Britain – North Skelton 1956

The complete “Iron Ore in Britain” can be viewed on the BFI website via the link below

The film was produced in 1956 by Stewart & Lloyd’s Iron & Steel Company, based in Corby. However the section between 4:50 and 7:35 was filmed at North Skelton mine in Cleveland.

The main headgear over the downcast shaft on the right, with the smaller headgear over the upcast on the left.
Old hand-drilling methods in cloth caps being demonstrated
Old horse-haulage methods being demonstrated
Modern compressed air drills and hard-hats
Modern Eimco rocker shovel (known as a Cranner locally)
Modern diesel locomotive haulage.

Society Badges and Stickers


Embroidered, to sew on, 110mm Dia. = £7.00
Static Cling Car Window Sticker,  90mm Dia.  = £1.50
Sticky Back Vinyl  90mm Dia. = £1.50
Metal Badges, Pin On  25mm Dia. = £6.50 

All profits will go to the C.M.H.S.
Available in person at meets or by post add £1.50.

Cheques payable to :-
Colin M. Keighley, Butt Dyke Farm, Thornton Road, Pickering, North Yorkshire,YO18 7JX.

Mining Geology Of The North York Moors – Friday 3rd February at 7pm

Mining Geology Of The North York Moors By Dr Steve Livera

Local Jurassic rocks include Ironstone, Coal, Cement, Jet, Building Stone and Alum
Find out about the formation and resulting mining of these ores
Friday 3rd February at 7pm
St. Matthew’s Church, Grosmont
Donation of £3 includes refreshments

We are very fortunate to have a superb sequence of rocks across the North York Moors. They helped pioneering geologists define the early framework of the science and continue to be used to train the next generations. However the rocks have also been exploited throughout human history to build prosperity and develop the region. The Jurassic section spans some 50 million years of deposit and contains a large variety of ore minerals including ironstone, coal, cement, jet, building stone and alum. Each ore required unique environmental conditions for its formation and the talk will outline what these were and illustrate the resulting mining activity used in extraction.