Listed here are some useful organisations related to Mining and Mechanical Engineering. If you would like to link to us or believe your website would be of interest to our website visitors please contact us with details.

Government and Educational

The Coal Authority
The Coal Authority are responsible for specific statutory responsibilities including licensing coal mining operations in Britain and providing information on past and present coal mining operations.

British Geological Survey
The BGS continual surveys and monitors the United Kingdom's landmass. It continually collects data and provides up to date geoscientific information.

University of Newcastle - Civil Engineering
NEIMME has close links with The Civil Engineering department at The University of Newcastle which has five active research and teaching groups.

University of Exeter - Camborne School of Mines
One of 17 schools that makes up the University of Exeter, the Camborne School of Mines offers specialist courses within the fields of Mining Engineering, Minerals Engineering, Geology etc.

Professional organisations

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
The IoM3 is the industry's professional body and NEIMME is the regional IoM3 office.

The American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers 
Our equivalent organisation in the United States

The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Our equivalent organisation in Australasia

Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME)
The Society is an international society of professionals in the minerals industry.

British Coal Utilisation Research Association (BCURA)
The BCURA library is now held at NEIMME.

International Mine Water Association

The International Mine Water Association is an expert organisation dealing with the problems associated with water in mining.

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
A professional and standards organisation for people involved in land, valuation, real estate, construction and environmental issues.

The Association of Mining Analysts
The Association of Mining Analysts (AMA) is a non-profit organisation. It organises presentations and seminars on mining companies and operational issues.

Society of Mining Metallurgy and Exploration
An international society for professionals workings in the minerals industry. It has members in nearly 100 countries.

Mining History Resources

Northumberland Records Office
A number of NEIMME's collections are housed at the Northumberland Records Office including important London Lead Company documents.

Northumberland & Durham Family History Society
Best site for starting to research your family's mining links

British Mining Database
Provides links and information about all things connected to mines and mining including museums, societies, where to find documents etc.

Trevithick Trust
The Trevithick Trust is a guardian of Cornwall's industrial heritage and looks after a number of mining sites around Cornwall.

The Northern Mine Research Society
The Northern Mine Research Society is a group of people dedicated to the preservation and recording of mining history. The website includes journals lists and information including a bibliography.

National Association of Mining History Organisations
Namho was formed in 1979 to act as the national body for mining history in the UK and Ireland. There are now over 50 member organisations, including societies, museums and companies.

National Coal Mining Museum for England
The National Coal Mining Museum run Caphouse Colliery in Yorkshire, where the public can see exhibits underground and on the surface. Well worth a visit.

National Association of Mining History Organisations
Formed in 1979 to act as the national body for mining history in the UK and Ireland. There are now over 50 member organisations, including societies, museums, firms, etc.

The Laxey Mines Research Group
Information on Mining History on the Isle of Man

The Mining History Association (MHA) 
Organization of individuals interested in the history of mining and metallurgy, based in the USA.
Mining history of the English North Eastern coalfield

The Slate Industry of North and Mid Wales
Website about Welsh slate

Encourages public understanding of mechanical engineering, fosters the preservation of this heritage, and helps engineers become more involved in all aspects of history.  Based in the USA


The Honister Slate Mine
Set in the Heart of Lakeland, Honister Slate Mines have, for centuries, produced the beautiful green stone which it is famous throughout the world.  The site is open to the public and there are tours underground.  2,000 feet up a mountain the English Lake District, the mine probably has the best views of any in the world.

Sygun Copper Mine
family attraction situated in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park and is open most of the year.

North Pennines Heritage Trust
The North Pennines Heritage Trust works to conserve the historic remains of man's activities in the landscape of the Northern Pennines and to help people to understand and enjoy them.  The trust works from the Nenthead valley, once the busiest lead mining district in the world.  It is open to the public and boasts an underground tour round Carr's level, an old lead mine, and the world's largest spar box.

Underground Exploration and other Mine Appreciation 

Website covering man made underground objects, artificial cavities, mines, quarries, tunnels. 

Welsh Mines Society (Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru)
Welsh Mines enthusiasts

Aditnow - Mine exploration and Mining History
Mine exploration and mining history website and discussion forum including a searchable database of UK and international mines and quarries and facility for members to upload photographs and trip reports.

Mining Heritage Trust of Ireland (Iontaobh Oidhreacht na Mianadóireachta)
Founded in 1996 to develop public awareness, appreciation, conservation and enjoyment of all facets of mining heritage throughout Ireland

Caves and Caving in the UK
Pages run by Andrew Brooks on underground exploration
Website of the UK's National Mining Memorabilia Association.  The membership is drawn from all age groups and all walks of life although a large percentage are ex-colliers or are still employed in Britain's mining and quarrying industry. 

Peak District Mines Historical Society
All aspects of mine appreciation in the English Peak District

Carn-Brea Mining Society
The Carn-Brea Mining Society was formed in 1974 to encourage the study of all aspects of mining, geology and mineralogy in the South West of England.

The Underground Miner's Website
Wonderful little website about a small group of American explorers

Commercial Resources

The Quarry Products Association
The QPA represents the interests of more than 120 quarry operators who together produce more than 90% of the UK's aggregate-based construction materials.

The Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) Project
Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) was an independent two-year process of consultation and research with the objective of understanding how to maximise the contribution of the mining and minerals sector to sustainable development at the global, national, regional and local levels.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a coalition of 170 international companies united by a shared commitment to sustainable development via the three pillars of economic growth, ecological balance and social progress.

Journals and information providers

Mining History Network
Professor Burt's mining forum, including the Mining History Discussion List.  Hosted by Exeter University.

The Mining Journal
The Mining Journal was established in 1835 and is a weekly newspaper covering the mining industry with stories from around the world.

Mineral Resources Forum
The Mineral Resources Forum is an information resource on issues related to minerals, metals and sustainable development.

InfoMine provides extensive information about mining and mineral exploration through the website.
Provides information about the training and work available in the mining and mechanical engineering industries.
information on mining, minerals, coal, mineral processing, coal preparation, equipment used in the mining and process industries as well as other related topics.

The Northern Miner
The Northern Miner covers the worldwide mining activities of mining companies based in North America or listed on North American exchanges.

Mining Life
Information on commercial mining activities
SPG media website offering international coverage of Mines extracting Energy Minerals, Ferrous, Base and Precious Metals, Industrial Minerals and Gemstones, News, Products and company listings


London Metal Exchange
Where non ferrous metals are traded daily.

Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto has a long history in mining and is now one of the leaders in finding, mining and processing the worlds mineral resources.

Anglo American
Anglo American is a global leader in the mining and natural resource sectors. It has significant and focused interests in gold, platinum, diamonds, coal, base metals, ferrous metals and industries, industrial minerals and paper and packaging, as well as financial and technological strength.

BHP Billiton
BHP Billiton are industry leaders or occupy near industry leader positions in major commodity businesses, including aluminium, energy coal and metallurgical coal, copper, ferro-alloys, iron ore and titanium minerals, and have substantial interests in oil, gas, liquefied natural gas, nickel, diamonds and silver.

UK Coal
UK COAL PLC is Europe's largest totally independently owned and coal mining company. It produces nearly 20 million tonnes of coal a year, 16 million from its deep mines and 4 million tonnes from surface mines.

Tarmac is the leading supplier of buidling materials in the UK. They operate in the construction sector across Europe, India and the Middle East.

Wardell Armstrong
Wardell Armstrong are an environmental and engineering consultancy who's head office is based in Staffordshire supported by six regional offices.