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We now have a range of Sweatshirts, T-Shirts and Polo Shirts available for sale in our shop.

Books and Publications

We have recently added three more books. Check out our sales page for more details.

Public Open Days

SGMRG Public Open Days at Oldwood Pit, attracting around 500 visitors. Our next open day will be in September 2018 (entry is FREE). You can also come along to any of our other events for £2.

About Us

The South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group was set up by local people on 3rd October 2002 to understand, record and where appropriate preserve the remains, of what was once an extensive industry, for the present community and future generations.

We are now (well past!) 10 years old and way back then, we produced a book to summarise some of our achievements over this time. You can view or download this e-book (10MBytes, pdf*) for free. If you would like to get involved please join our group.

The SGMRG has an elected committee, a formal constitution and it also promotes Codes of Good Practice for mining history. The SGMRG also adheres to the National Association of Mining History Organisations (NAMHO) Guidelines.

The SGMRG is a member of the:

Using a digger on a project

The Group seeks to develop awareness, appreciation, conservation and enjoyment of all facets of mining heritage throughout South Gloucestershire for both the membership and the local community.

Ways in which the group seeks to achieve this include:

  • Holding various events and activities for members and the general public to promote awareness, appreciation and conservation of the mining heritage of South Gloucestershire.
  • The creation of an inventory of surface and underground mining heritage.
  • Maintaining a catalogue and archive of information to assist research into all facets of local mining history and development.
  • Physical surveying, recording and documentation of the extant mining heritage.
Digging on a project

The annual programme varies but includes:

  • A Monthly event - including walks talks and visits.
  • Open days (usually September).
  • Record Office trips.
  • Working parties.

What do we do?

SGMRG activities can be seen on the poster above and include:

Undertaking research at the Wiltshire & Swindon Record Office

If you wish to join, we have an introductory leaflet and paper application form* or you can join online. View our current list of public events and our list of members-only events .

If you would like to contact us, you can do so via our Contact Us page.

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