The CBMS and its involvement with NAMHO.

A currebt and ongoing project
Past project completed by CBMS
The 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 .
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