Links

Links

Other Mining History Groups

General History Websites

  • Earth Sciences History Group – the Earth Sciences History Group of the GSA Inc. was founded in 1984 with one of its aims the preservation of the heritage relating to earth science history including old mining sites.
  • History of Earth Sciences Society – Aims to bridge the gap between the humanities and the sciences through exchange between historians and earth scientists.
  • The Australian Historical Association – a national association of historians – academic, professional and other – working in all fields of history. The AHA holds an annual conference and administers a portfolio of prizes, awards and grants.
  • The New Zealand Historical Association – through its website and conferences, along with advocacy and lobbying, the NZHA aims to promote historical study, teaching and research.
  • The New Zealand Federation of Historical Societies –  aims to foster and stimulate interest in New Zealand history in general, and in the activities and objectives of historical and kindred societies in New Zealand.

Other Mining and Minerals Related Websites

Mining Museums and Displays 

Australia

  • Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum – also known as the GeoCentre this geological science museum represents the rich mineral history of Broken Hill. The centre’s hand-on displays highlight the history of the planet and the science of crystals.
  • Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum – situated in Bathurst, NSW this museum is the home of the internationally renowned Somerville Collection, the lifetime work of Warren Somerville AM. It is housed in the 1876 Public School building which is fitted out with the stunningly beautiful exhibitions.
  • Australian Opal Centre –  at Lightning Ridge on the edge of outback NSW an extraordinary national monument is taking shape – a world class, energy-efficient underground building to house the new Australian Opal Centre – open  Monday to Saturday at 3/11 Morilla St, Lightning Ridge.
  • Blinman Heritage Mine – located at Blinman, near the Flinders Ranges, South Australia this restored historic copper mine has an organised underground tour.
  • Emmaville Mining Museum – this unique museum in the rural township of Emmavimineral collection, as well as  the Jillet, Gilbey, Ellis, Schumacher, Trethewey, Hermann and Maskey collections.
  • Great Cobar Heritage Centre – this excellent museum and visitors centre is  the former Administration Building (circa 1910) of the Great Cobar Copper Mine. The Centre captures the essence of Cobar, housing an outstanding collection of exhibits which date from 1869 to the present day.
  • Herberton Mining Museum – the Herberton Mining Museum and Visitor Centre provides and excellent interpretation (with guided walks) of the mining history of the Atherton region of tropical North Queensland. It also showcases the present town and its beautiful surroundings.
  • Moonta Mines Museum – at Moonta, South Australia,  in the heart of Australia’s Little Cornwall this museum houses thematic displays on the Cornish miners’ lifestyles. Nearby there are outdoor displays, walks and a guided train trip through the relics of the adjacent copper mines.
  • Museum of the Goldfields – The Museum of the Goldfields in Kalgoorllie, showcases the rich history of Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields, the city’s mining heritage and its unique role in the development of the mining industry.
  • Sovereign Hill – Australia’s foremost outdoor museum,  re-creates Ballarat’s first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851 when thousands of international adventurers rushed to the Australian goldfields in search of fortune.

New Zealand

  • Goldfields Mining Centre – Located on the banks of the spectacular Kawarau River,Central Otago, the Goldfields Mining Centre is an historic reserve  set aside by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation to preserve an authentic mining site where gold has been mined for over 100 years and can still be found in the rocks & gravels of this unique area.
  • Goldmine Experience Thames – In the historic goldmining town of Thames, Coromandel Peninsula, the Goldmine Experience has guided and self-guided tours through operating 19th century gold-mining machinery and an underground visit into one of the richest goldmines of the time. There is also, a large photo display of early hotels and mines. Try your luck at gold panning.
  • Shanty Town Heritage Park – a leading New  Zealand culture and heritage attraction. Made up of over 30 historic buildings it is a faithfully recreated 19th century gold rush town with a fascinating mix of experience and displays.
  • Thames School of Mines – Step back in time to the 1880s and learn about the history and science of gold mining. Also see the mineral museum, one of the most significant mineralogical collections in the southern hemisphere.
  • Waihi Arts Centre and Museum ‘Where the real gold lies’ – presents the history of the gold mining era (1880’s – 1950’s) in the Karangahake and Waihi area. Also features a regularly changing series of local and travelling art and craft exhibitions.
  • Coaltown – in Westport this heritage experience tells the story of industry and development in this unique Northern West Coast environment. The museum takes you on a journey through gold rush days to settling of the district and the early development of the mining industry, the lifestyle/living conditions of its people, the geology of coal, extraction and transport.

Papua New Guinea

  • Papua New Guinea National Museum and Art Gallery – the main museum located in the capital Port Moresby.
  • Waigani Museum – located in Port Moresby the founding collections were made by First Administrator for British Papua, Sir William MacGregor. Extensive collections of cultural, anthropological, archaeological and natural history objects as well as contemporary art works.
  • J.K. McArthy Museum – named after a renowned patrol officer John Keith McCarthy and initiated by a donation of 64 items from his personal collection. Located in Goroko, the museum now has a thriving collection of more than 6,000 objects displayed in its 6 galleries.

International

Germany

  • German Mining Museum (Bergbau Museum) – located in Bochum in the Ruhr, was founded in 1930, as the Leibniz Research Museum for Georesources. Considered the largest mining museum in the world it is a renowned research establishment for mining history. It features above-ground exhibitions, and a faithfully reconstructed show mine below the museum.
  • Rammelsberg Mining Museum – situated at Goslar, the Rammelsberg mines were operated uninterrupted for over 1000 years. There are guided tours of the Roeder Gallery and Railway. A complex of buildings above ground contain exhibits on the geological and cultural history of Rammelsberg. The mines and the medieval Old Town of Goslar were placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1992.

Norway

  • Norsk Mining Museum – located at Kongsberg, southern Norway this facility incorporates the Mining Museum at Smeltehytta and the nearby (8km) historic Kongsberg Silver Mines. At the Silver Mines visitors are able to take an underground tour of the mines.
  • Orkla Industrimuseum – located in  the small village of Lokken Verk, Trondelag, this museum also has the nearby historic copper mine discovered and worked from 1654. It is possible to take a guided tour of the old underground workings.
  • Røros Museum – is a world heritage site located at the former copper mining centre of Røros in the Sør Trondelag region of Norway. Mining commenced here in 1646 and continued until 1977. The museum has four separate visitor centres: Smelthytta, the Preservation Centre and Doktortjønna in the town of Røros, and Olav’s Mine located in the Stowartz mining area, 13 km east of Røros. There are guided mine tours of Olav’s mine.

Poland

  • Krakow Salt Works Museum, southern Poland – one of the largest mining museums in Europe and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was established in 1951 and is a museum of Two Worlds, underground with a large exhibit in the salt mine at a depth of 135m below ground and above ground in the Salt Works Castle (13th to 19th century), the former head office of the mine.
  • The Historic Silver Mine (Zabytkowa Kopalnia Srebra) – located at Tarnowskie Gory in Silesia. Since 16th century it was one of the most important industrial centres in this part of Europe. The mine is open for tourists with guided tours. The tour starts in a museum and goes underground to visit the corridors from the 18th and 19th centuries. The total length of the route is 1.7 km. The mine and undergound management system are UNESCO Heritage listed.
  • Museum of Iron Ore Mining –  shows the history and development of iron ore mining in Poland. It is organized in underground corridors cut in  1974-1976 between Pavilions of the Museum of Częstochowa in Stanisław Staszic Park. It is a complete model of underground excavations in rock  characteristic of iron ore mining.

UK

  • Geevor Tin Mine – set in stunning scenery on the Atlantic coast of Cornwall this was the last mine to work the famous St Just Mining district. Visitors can explore the mine buildings, of the largest preserved mining site in the UK, visit an excellent museum and go underground in the Wheal Mexico mine dating back to the 18th century.

U.S.A.

  • Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum – located at Bisbee, Arizona in the historic Bisbee copper mining camp, this museum houses an excellent display of the mining history of the area and an extensive and popular mineral collection.
  • National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum – located at Leadville, Colorado the  Hall of Fame holds more than 250 stories of men and women associated with the mining and resources industry. The museum has fascinating mining-related displays, mineral and rock specimens and the associated surface tour of the famous Matchless Mine.
  • Underground Mining Museum and Community Centre – Located in Creede, Colorado this unusual museum was blasted out of a solid rock cliff by three Creede miners.  Construction of the museum began in 1990 and County-hired laborers and volunteers completed all the other work by 1992. The museum features tours that highlight the history of mining and blasting methods.