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The Ecton Mine Educational Trust is a company limited by guarantee (i.e. it does not have shareholders), and is a registered charity. Apart from its educational activities it is responsible for safety and maintenance of the mine and its buildings. Ecton Hill Field Studies Association is an unincorporated association whose educational activities are carried out entirely by volunteers, and is supported financially by EMET and by scientific and professional organisations.

Funding sources include:

Donations for EHFSA courses and other visits to the mine: these are agreed on a case-by-case basis with schools, universities, and other organisations wishing to use Ecton’s facilities including the development and provision of courses as well as visits to the mine.

Participation in funded scientific research: EMET has been involved in a number of funded research projects, both as a direct participant and by providing test and demonstration services to UK and European projects, funded by the European Commission ‘Horizon’ research programme, UK Research and Innovation, and others.

Donations from organisations such as MinSouth: professional societies and institutions have provided generous financial support to EMET and EHFSA in recognition of the educational and research work done at Ecton.

Corporate sponsorship – both cash and in kind: financial assistance has been provided by large multinational minerals groups as well as local quarrying companies with activities in the Peak District. Most recently this has included the donation of steel staging by Longcliffe Quarries, to provide a safe replacement for rotting timber staging used for launching submersible ROVs.

Grants for restoration and improvement: these grants are provided by UK organisations and agencies including Historic England, the National Trust, and FiPL (Farming in Protected Landscapes), for restoration, conservation, and preservation of historic structures at Ecton within the unique landscape of the upper Manifold Valley, where Ecton Mine lies within two SSSIs and is a scheduled Monument.

Our thanks go to all who have supported and continue to support the educational and research work at Ecton Mine.

If you are interested in financial (or in-kind) sponsorship of Ecton Mine education, research, or management of the historic site, please contact our chairman for further information


  • Resourcing Tomorrow:EMET partnered with Beacon Events, organisers of Resourcing Tomorrow, a major conference and exhibition (formerly “Mines & Money”), which takes place this year on 3-5 December 2024. We thank Beacon Events, who have now become the first of a new generation of sponsors for Ecton Mine.
  • We have also partnered with ABMEC, presenting an invited talk at their conference in Nottingham on 23 November 2023.
  • UK Mining Conference
  • The Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (IOM3)

With thanks to all who have supported us at Ecton, both EMET and EHFSA, in cash and in kind, including ….