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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health concerns (Coronavirus) SGMRG are exercising a cautious approach to meetings and events.  Please check the Diary of Events page for latest scheduling information. 


If you live in south Gloucestershire you may have seen these mining relics in Yate on the roundabout next to Morrisons and B&Q. There is now an information board nearby about Celestine which was open-cast mined in the area.

Also more info at www.sgmrg.co.uk/local-mines-and-quarries (Celestine tab) and in our book at www.sgmrg.co.uk/cel.

Next Talk

The next SGMRG talk will be held Wednesday 26th October at 7:30 pm.  This will be at the Miners Club in Coalpit Heath.  More details can be found on the Diary of Events page.

NB There will be a talk by David Hardwick titled “Bristol Coalfields” at Kingswood Heritage Museum on Wednesday 10th August. Tickets are £4 and can be reserved by ringing the museum on 0117 9605644.

New Links Added

08/04/2022 – Self Rescuers-An SGMRG Newsletter Article. Click to download.



(Please note, this website is under reconstruction.  Some information, previously available on the old website, maybe temporarily missing from this version.  All information relating to SGMRG will eventually appear here.  Please check back regularly to see updates).

South Gloucestershire has a rich and varied mining history. The date of the earliest mining in the area is now lost in antiquity but coal was worked in this area up until 1963. Other forms of open cast mining continued later still.  The remains of mining cover a vast area from South Bristol, Easton, Kingswood to Coalpit Heath, Yate and Cromhall – and even Filton.  Most of the mining was for coal, but ochre, celestine, iron, lead and stone were also mined in the area.

The South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group (SGMRG) was set up by local people to understand, record and where appropriate preserve the remains, of what was once an extensive industry, for the present community and future generations. SGMRG is a voluntary organisation that relies on grants and donations from local people. Our membership is made up of archaeologists, surveyors, historians, engineers, cavers and those simply interested in finding more about what lies under their feet. We have regular meetings, walks and talks including the opportunity to get involved in exploration, archaeology and restoration work. 

If you would like to join us, please visit our Membership page for further information.

We are always interested to hear about new finds, old buildings or artifacts from the mining era.  Do you have relatives who were involved in mining?  If you have any information to share with us, please let us know.

If you wish to enquire about new or existing projects, please contact our Projects Coordinator.  If you’d like to get in contact with us for any other reason, please contact one of our members. 

Contact details of SGMRG key contacts can be found on our Contact Us page.

The SGMRG have made efforts to trace the ownership and gain the approval of those with rights to images or documents on this site.  If you are the holder, for instance, of copyright on an item and we have been unable to trace you, please contact the Chairman so that you may be acknowledged and/or remedial action taken.

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