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Who we are …

We are a community of volunteers, enthusiastic about our mining heritage, about science, and the importance of enthusing the next generation, inspiring and nurturing their interest beyond mere academic qualifications.

There are two principal organisations based at Ecton Mine: the Ecton Mine Educational Trust (EMET) and the Ecton Hill Field Studies Association (EHFSA). EMET is a formally registered charitable trust which owns the mine, the training centre, and some of the surrounding land, and has statutory responsibilities for health and safety as well as under the legislation and regulations concerning protection of the natural environment and some of the historic structures on and below Ecton Hill. EHFSA is an informal association whose role is actually to provide a wide range of educational services using these facilities. Both organisations are also very active in using Ecton Mine for research activities of regional, national, and European significance. They form part of a broader regional partnership which includes the Peak District National Park, Historic England, Natural England, and the National Trust, all of whom have direct interests in the mine and Ecton Hill.