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NAMHO 2019

National Association of Mining History Organisations annual field meet and conference.


THEME: "Mine exploration as a research tool - applications in mining history, geology and archaeology"

WHEN: Thursday 4th July until Monday 8th July inclusive. Please note the 5 day event.

WHERE: Llanafan, Ceredigion.



Five day membership for temp insurance is limited to 10 delegates.

Optional Sat night camp site barbecue.


Meal bookings deadline has been set at midnight on 22 June.
Anyone who has booked a meal but not paid for it by then will have their meal booking cancelled. Late meal bookers though will be able to book direct with Hafod and pay cash or credit card direct to them.

Lecture program: Abstracts from the talks now uploaded.

Frongoch is by far most popular trip and I will be laying on more Sat and Sun trips, hopefully.

Extra Trips

I am springing off the waiting list. The queue will have first refusal of any new trip before it becomes open to all. Fair.

Last update 11/6/2019



This is to be hosted by Cambrian Mines Trust in association with Dr Peter Claughton as lecture program organiser. Peter has extensive experience in organising events and the trust is extremely grateful for his expertise.

Cave Access Ltd will be providing access to mines on land owned by the Welsh Government.

The venue is close to Cymystwyth and Frongoch, and a short distance only from most field trips. Longest is Talybont at 17 miles. Aberystwyth is 10.

The ‘NAMHO Village’ comprises one of the biggest community halls in Ceredigion (Lisburne Hall) as the main hall for lectures, reception, and Saturday evening sit down dinner. Facilities include the main hall which holds up to 120 people, modern kitchen etc and 5 toilets, (2G 2L and disabled). Fully licensed of course.

The Church Hall is a short distance away and will be used for display stands. These will include the hosting trust, Cave Access Ltd, South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue, and some of the participating clubs. Its also has its own toilets. Display areas demonstrating the history and work of the trust and also of Cave Access Ltd

Parking; there are verges a plenty in the immediate vicinity plus parking on a small industrial estate about 50 yards away, Saturday and Sunday only.

Camping will be at the Maesyfelin Sports Complex which is just around the corner. The car park will be for caravans and motor homes and football field for tents. There is a permanent toilet block, a log cabin as informal meeting point, and a portable 4 person shower. There will be a Saturday Night barbecue as an alternative to the dinner centred on the ‘cabin’.

The object of this early announcement is to enable prospective delegates very ample forward planning. Unlike the 2013 meet it is unlikely any trips will be cancelled and we are aiming to make this a record event.

Field trips will include much new ground in the popular mines and also some new locations.

Please use the links at top of page for more information.

Delegate fees

Whole event. Surface and underground field trips, lectures, and full delegate pack is £40 with £35 "early bird" for those who book early. Cut off date midnight April 30th 2019.

Saturday and Sunday Lecture Program Only.

This is £12 per day for each day, (please state which day if only booking one), and includes limited delegate pack. Speakers free - Lecture program only.

Camping Charges

Please refer to camping page for details.

The Cost is £12 PER HEAD, per night for Friday and Saturday, £6 PER HEAD per night for Thursday and Sunday.