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

South Derbyshire Mining Preservation Group have a huge collection of photographs, objects, books and other artefacts which they regularly exhibit at Sharpes Pottery, Swadlincote Library, local shows as well as taking exhibits to local schools. There is also a permanent display put together by the group at Conkers, representing different aspects of local miners working life.

The group meet at Gresley Old Hall, Church Gresley, every Tuesday morning (10am – 12pm) and on the first Thursday of each month. This is where the majority of their vast collection is kept and they welcome visitors either during these times or by appointment.

The group would also benefit from any help that can be offered to sort, catalogue and maintain the collection. If you have an interest in local history and some spare time please do get in touch. You do not need knowledge of mining, just a willingness to help the group preserve this valuable local collection.


A member of the group demonstrating how some mining equipment works as part of a community event

Contact Information

Telephone Number:01283 218651