South Derbyshire Mining Preservation Group

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South Derbyshire Mining Preservation Group

The aim of the South Derbyshire Mining Preservation Group is to preserve and promote South Derbyshire's mining heritage.

The South Derbyshire Mining Preservation Group was formed in 1999 by Tim Love, in memory of his grandfather who was a miner. The group meets at Gresley Old Hall, Church Gresley, every Tuesday morning (10am - 12pm) and on the first Thursday of each month.

The group is a non profit making organisation that relies on donations of both artefacts and finances from the public and businesses.

The group has a huge collection of photographs, objects, books and other artefacts which we regularly exhibit at Sharpes Pottery, Swadlincote Library, local shows as well as taking exhibits to local schools.

We have recently moved to a larger room at Gresley Old Hall which now makes us much more accessible for people with disabilities.

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Joining the Group

If you would like to join the South Derbyshire Mining Preservation Group, please click here to contact us.

Mining Memorabilia Wanted

Do you have any of the following:-

• Badges • Certificates • Clothing • Documents • Equipment • Handbooks • Lamps • Letters • Manuals • Plans & Drawings • Books • Tallies • Tools

If so please don't throw them away, let us have first refusal and help us to preserve the areas local mining heritage. Click here to contact us.

Wanted - Photographs

If you have any local mining photographs we can arrange to digitally copy them and then return the originals to you (They will not be passed onto any outside source or copies made for sale without your permission). Click here to contact us.

News Update

Open Day at Gresley Old Hall

The whole building will be open to the public on Frid. 3rd June from 10am till 4pm, so why not come along to see the numerous attractions, and have a tour of our mining artefacts, which we have been collecting since the 1980's. Our collection of donated items is perhaps second only to the national collection at Caphouse Colliery in Yorkshire.

In addition to the collection at the Hall, we have a permanent display at ‘’Conkers’’ which is well worth a visit.


The group has recently slightly increased in numbers due to the return of a few older members and in gaining a couple of new members. With this team we are aiming to complete the cataloguing and photographing of all the collection, hopefully during the next 12 months. Volunteers urgently required to help with this task !