National Association of Mining History Organisations
(NAMHO) is a charity which was formed in 1979 to promote the interests
of mining historians and those organisations which seek to preserve
the relics of our mining past.
NAMHO acts as a national pressure group and an initial contact for
outside bodies. NAMHO promotes mining history and encourages liaison
between member organisations, seeks to improve research techniques
and safety and devises guidelines and safety codes.
Membership as of 2014 is 65 mining or similar societies, mining museums
and other related members. The CBMS joined NAMHO in 1981 and at the
time was the only Cornish group to be a member. Several CBMS members
attended their first conference at Ironbridge in 1981. In 1983 eight
society members attended the conference in Leeds and Lawrence Holmes
gave a talk on behalf of the CBMS.
The CBMS encourages attendance at NAMHO conferences or field meets,
provides speakers at annual conference and contributes to NAMHO research
or guideline publications. Through NAMHO, members of CBMS have visited
many varied and spectacular mining fields in the UK from Scotland
to Kent, Yorkshire to Derbyshire, Wales to Shropshire, Cumbria, Devon
and Surrey and even as far afield as Ireland ! Member’s knowledge
and well being has been enriched by talks, trips, beautiful countryside,
and friendships made at NAMHO over many years.
NAMHO, through its member organisations, organises an Annual Conference
or Field Meet. These events have been held since 1979 to date at many
different locations. In July 1987 the CBMS organised the first NAMHO
Conference in Cornwall. This was centred at the old Camborne School
of Mines site at Pool where lectures were held. Field trips were made
to KEM and Rosevale Mine and the Saturday evening social was held
at Taylor Engine House at Pool, near Camborne where punch, pasties
and strawberries and cream were consumed !
In July 2000 the CBMS hosted the first ever International NAMHO based
at Truro School. It was an incredible four day event held in glorious
weather. There were talks, field trips, social events with a choir,
a reception at County Hall, a boat trip down the River Fal and even
a flight around Cornwall’s mining regions. Small wonder it was,
and still is, regarded as the best NAMHO Conference ever held.
In 2009 CBMS member Kevin Baker had the honour to be elected National
Chairman of NAMHO, a post he held until 2012.
The 2014 NAMHO Conference is based in Bangor University, Wales and
takes place over the weekend of 25-27 July .
the NAMHO website