Thanks to everyone who made the first lead industry seminar go so well last month. I found it invigorating to encounter so much enthusiasm, experience and subject knowledge. Much of the session was devoted to introductions and admin, but we took the opportunity to hear from Lien and Clare about the Mining the Archives project, which is facilitating conservation work on some of the lead-mining records we hold.
The next session is on Friday the 13th of February 2015. (Yes, I know. Bring your own horse-shoe or rabbit’s foot and don’t pass under any ladders on the way here.) The seminar will be divided into two discussions:
- “Tithe and Enclosure Awards and Maps: Resolving problems in Lead Mining History” – discussion led by Steve Thompson
- “Financial Accounting and the Derbyshire Lead Industry: role and impact” – discussion led by Matthew Pawelski
We had a diverse array of talents at the last seminar, some of whom had only very recently developed an interest in the history of the lead industry, and others for whom it has been a lifelong obsession. I have reserved places for everyone who was there to come back in February; but there are other places available if you have anything to contribute to the conversation, however minor – you certainly don’t need to be the world’s authority on lead. You can book by calling 01629 538347.