What is EMIAC?
EMIAC, East Midlands Industrial Archaeology Conference, comprises societies from across the East Midlands region. In addition to NIAG, the other members are (see the Links page for contact details):
- Derbyshire Archaeology Society
- Leicestershire Industrial History Society
- North-East Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology Society
- Railway & Canal Historical Society - East Midlands Group
- Society for Lincolnshire History & Archaeology
Each of the societies takes it in turn to organise a Heritage Day in their locality.
Heritage Days are held twice a year and are open to anyone with an interest in IA or related historical subjects. The first meeting was held in 1970 with the idea of enabling industrial archaeologists in the East Midlands to get together in different locations to consider topics of mutual interest. No formal organisation exists; the secretaries from each of the organisations meet on a regular basis.
Notes from previous conferences
Notes of recent events can be found on the EMIACs Past page.
A dual economy of agriculture and mining dominated the area mainly west of the river Derwent between Wirksworth and Castleton for many centuries, mainly for lead, but also copper at Ecton and later, zinc and the gangue minerals such as fluorite and baryte. At its peak it employed 20,000 people who lived in some 50 nearby enlarged villages and hamlets.
The associated technology that developed was at the forefront of British and even World mining. The landscape has many features remaining, with some accessible underground workings having a particularly rich archaeology.
Probably the best example of a nineteenth century lead mine anywhere in the UK. The mine has a fascinating history spanning more than 200 years of bonanzas and failures, of bitter disputes and fights resulting in the "murder" of three miners, and a Widows' Curse that is said to remain to this day.
The next Heritage Day is being organised by the Peak District Historical Mines Society and will be held on Saturday, 2nd May 2020 at the Lead Mining Museum in Matlock, DE4 3NR.
The conference programme is:
09:00 Registration and coffee
10:00 18th & 19th Century Lead Mining in the Peak: An overview
10:35 Excavating 18th & 19th Century steam engine houses
11:10 Setting the Record Straight: Three Derbyshire case studies
11:45 Diving to Depth at Deep Ecton Mine, one of the richest British copper mines
12:20 EMIAC Business Meeting
13:50 Visit to the Magpie Mine.
16:30 Close of conference.
Cost of event: £15.00.
Event cancelled due to Coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions.
Image courtesy of the Peak District Historical Mines Society.