Review of Year 2019-20

This year’s events are;

Thursday 10 October 2019

6.00pm for 6.30pm


Charlotte Dickinson, TBM Shift Manager, Balfour Beatty at HPC

Charlotte will give an overview of the tunnelling methodologies she has been involved with over the past six years whilst working on major projects within the UK.

Thursday 24 October 2019
6pm for 6.30pm


Mark Kirkbride, CEO, West Cumbria Mining

Development of a new UK mine to produce high quality metallurgical coal for the steel industry.

 FRIDAY 15 November 2019, 7pm

The Annual Victor Phillips Memorial Lecture and reception


Mark Cutifani, CEO Anglo American

TUESDAY 19 November 2019
6pm for 6.30pm

MINERS ON TOUR – Student Talk

Talks from the 3rd year mining engineering students following their summer adventures. The talks will include a diverse range of placements from an international and UK mining standpoint.

Thursday 5 December 2019



Upper Stannary, Daphne Du Maurier Building

Nick Eastwood, CIE

A Mining Quiz and social evening – teams to be allocated on the evening. Please inform the Secretary if you coming so that we can estimate numbers.

Thursday 9 January 2020
6pm for 6.30pm

The Annual Don Dixon Lecture, joint with the Institution of Engineering and Technology

Speaker to be confirmed

Thursday 6 February 2020, 6.30pm


Including speakers from United Downs, Eden, and Kensa Heat Pumps

Geothermal heat and power are important sources of renewable energy for Cornwall. This evening will provide updates from some of the exciting projects underway in the region and then a chance to discuss more informally in the Upper Stannary afterwards.

Thursday 27 February 2020
6pm for 6.30pm

MAKING TAILINGS SAFE – Women in Mining (UK) Panel Discussion

Karen Hudson-Edwards, Prof of Sustainable Mining CSM, Lucy Crane, WIM (UK), Richard Elmer, Knight Piesold, Morwenna Rogers, Paterson & Cooke

A panel discussion on traditional and novel methods for making tailings dams safer, and for reducing the potentially negative environmental effects of tailings on ecosystems and humans.

Thursday 26 March 2020
6pm for 6.30pm


CANCELLED  – Charlie Adcock, Event Horizon

An engineering company with a specialisation in the use of explosive materials and experience in a wide range of fields from aerospace to explosive ordnance disposal and from demolition and salvage to special effects.

Thursday 9 April 2020, 6pm

Virtual meeting The AGM will precede this talk, commencing at 5.30pm.

The UNEXMIN project: robot submersibles investigate geology and industrial archaeology in Ecton Mine, Staffordshire

This event will be hosted as a webcast. Details for this event will be shared before the event.

Stephen Henley, Resources Computing International Ltd

Submersibles developed in the EU Horizon 2020 UNEXMIN project have been used in Ecton Mine, one of the deepest 18th century copper mines but flooded since 1858, to help answer questions on its geology and history. All investigations were by imaging and non-contact instruments.


In addition to the lecture series we will be running an impressive set of site visits this year. You must contact The Secretary to book a place on these visits as places are limited and some do have safety and security requirements prior to entry.

Saturday 21 September, 3pm

GWR Long Rock Traction Maintenance Depot

Roger Chatfield, member, Engineering Team

The original depot, established by the Great Western Railway in the days of steam, has been renewed to a splendid state-of-the-art railway engineering workshop. Numbers will be limited to 20 for this visit.

Friday 7 February 2020 – time tbc


Alison Allen, Technical Director –
Wardell Armstrong

Tour of the Earth Science Park to visit the businesses that have brought post-mining regeneration to the site.

Saturday 25 April 2020, 10.30am


Tony Bennett

Rosevale Mine is a privately funded underground tin mine restoration project, carried out since the mid ‘70s by a small group of enthusiasts. The tour will be conducted by experienced guides. The aim is to see the techniques and equipment used for hard rock mining and to appreciate the working environment of a traditional Cornish mine.

We reserve the right to cancel or change this program with no notice (the real world does sometimes intervene with weather, illness and the like) but we hope to be able to meet this program with alternative lectures unless otherwise notified.

To see a review of last years events click here