Ecton mine was one of the world's most important sources of copper in the 18th century, and was the deepest mine in the UK. It ceased production more than 130 years ago, but has a new life as an educational resource, started by the late Geoff Cox in the 1970s and continuing to the present day.
The Ecton Mine Educational Trust (EMET) was formed in 2005 as a registered charity, with the principal aim of promoting education in applied geology, mining engineering and mineral processing, as well as a duty to maintain the mine, which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. This includes ensuring safety of mine workings across Ecton Hill where there are over 50 known shafts and other mine entrances. In addition to our site of historical, geological and botanical interest, within the Peak District National Park, we are also in an area of spectacular natural scenery and a holiday destination with many other things to see.
EMET provides assistance, including volunteer specialist tutors in the Ecton Hill Field Studies Association (EHFSA), for school and university teachers to run field courses that introduce young people to subjects relevant to the minerals industry, with underground visits for students from primary school age upwards.
Although all the work of EMET and EHFSA is done by unpaid volunteers, there is still funding required for maintenance of the mine and study centre, for provision of teaching materials, and for research which has also become a significant activity. From the 1970s this was obtained through sponsorship of the Mining Industry Manpower and Careers Unit (MIMCU) managed by Geoff Cox, but after closure of MIMCU in 1990 this industry support rapidly waned. In order to continue enthusing students to see mining as an important career, EMET is now seeking renewed industry support. We welcome any offers of funding from the minerals industry. Our sponsorship package can be tailored to your requirements.