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All Club meetings are temporarily suspended and now being held via Zoom. The Secretary will try to keep members up-to-date via email.

We are normally an active group of people interested in the exploration and study of mines and caves in Britain, Europe and ... well anywhere actually!

For contact details, membership form and to find out more visit our About Us page

NAMHO 2021 Conference - 2nd to 5th July 2021

Liesegang rings, Clive copper mine

Liesegang rings & banding within the sandstone of Clive copper mine. (Alan Robinson)

Despite the Coronavirus crisis and non-relaxation of restrictions the Club was still able to hold the Conference, but in a scaled back form. We are unable to offer camping on site (luckily there was plenty of camping and accommodation sites in the area) and were not able to offer a social event on the Friday evening.

However, the socially distanced trips and talks were able to go ahead. The talks proved to be very technologically challenging, with a mix of 'live' talks in the hall interspersed with Zoom presentations, plus some delegates watching in the hall and others on Zoom! All in a remote village hall in Shropshire. For those who were on trips and missed the talks, they were recorded and will be available to anyone registered for the conference to watch online.


To everyone who worked so hard to make this conference happen - judging from the feedback from delegates, you also made it a very successful and enjoyable conference, despite the COVID restrictions. Also, a special thanks to the speakers and delegates who had the confidence to travel to Shropshire to join in or take the time to participate online. Thank you.

Read more details on the NAMHO 2021 Report page

Links to the NAMHO 2021 Talks

Finally - NAMHO 2022: Friday 17th to Monday 20th June

Best of luck to Cleveland Mining Heritage Society who are organising the 2022 NAMHO Conference at Grosmont, North Yorkshire. Make a note in your diary now, I hope to see you there!

Neal Rushton, Chair, Shropshire Caving & Mining Club


Snailbeach Mine tub

Snailbeach Mine Tub

The mine tub that was at Stiperstones School has now been moved to the Snailbeach.

See the News page for more >>

Black Tom engine house

Black Tom Engine House

Some damage has been noted at Black Tom engine house, a work party is planned to clean it up and repair the damage.

Online Club Meetings

Online Club meetings

We have been holding the Friday monthly meetings online since the first Lockdown along with online 'after meeting' presentations/talks. You can join meetings via your browser so you don’t need to install any Zoom software. All you need is a webcam and microphone - most modern laptops have them.

Meeting details are usually sent out the day before. So why not join us for the next one? Let the secretary know if you are not getting the meeting details.

Exploring underground

Exploring underground for over 60 years

Shropshire Caving & Mining Club logo

a flying batImportant Note

  • Underground exploration can be potentially dangerous if you do not have the right equipment and skills. This is why you should consider joining a well established Club, who can train you and lend you equipment for your first few trips.
  • Have a look at our Links page to find links to other underground exploration groups, both in Britain and around the world.


It's bats !Warning These pages are under continuous development, so beware of false links, and blind headings .... !!

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