East Midlands Industrial Archaeology Conference

EMIAC 96: Mansfield and Pinxton Railway (1819) - 11th May 2019

What is EMIAC?

EMIAC, East Midlands Industrial Archaeology Conference, comprises societies from across the East Midlands region. In addition to NIAG, the other members are (see the Links page for contact details):

  • Derbyshire Archaeology Society
  • Leicestershire Industrial History Society
  • North-East Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology Society
  • Railway & Canal Historical Society - East Midlands Group
  • Society for Lincolnshire History & Archaeology

Each of the societies takes it in turn to organise a Heritage Day in their locality.

Heritage Days are held twice a year and are open to anyone with an interest in IA or related historical subjects. The first meeting was held in 1970 with the idea of enabling industrial archaeologists in the East Midlands to get together in different locations to consider topics of mutual interest. No formal organisation exists; the secretaries from each of the organisations meet on a regular basis.


Notes of recent events can be found on the EMIACs Past page.


Example of a 3ft long cast-iron edge rail of the Mansfield & Pinxton Railway c.1819

Example of a 3ft long cast-iron edge rail of the Mansfield & Pinxton Railway c. 1819.


Image courtesy of East Midlands Group of the Railway and Canal Historical Society.

Conference Programme

The next Heritage Day is being organised by the East Midlands Group of the Railway and Canal Historical Society and will be held on Saturday, 11th May 2019 in Kirby in Ashfield.

The conference programme is:

09:30 Registration and coffee

09:50 Welcome

10:00 Coal Mining Link with the Mansfield and Pinxton Railway.

10:45 Break

11:15 Josiah Jessop and Early Railways

12:00 EMIAC Business Meeting

12:30 Lunch

14:00 Site visit to Portland Park

16:30 Close of conference.

Cost of event: £20.00.

Click here for the booking form.

Kirby in Ashfield was once an important centre of coal mining and railways in west Nottinghamshire, with three active coal mines and several railway junctions. The former Mansfield and Pinxton Railway opened in 1819, connecting the Cromford Canal with Mansfield, passing through Kirby in Ashfield. The Erewash Valley line was joined here by the later Midland Railway line from Nottingham. The Great Central Railway main line passed to the south-west side of the town and had a double junction with the Great Northern Railway Leen Valley Extension line to Langwith Junction and the Mansfield Railway to Clipstone. British Rail rerouted lines in the area in 1972 to eliminate level crossings and the Robin Hood Line opened in 1993, utilising the routes of several earlier railways.

This relatively small area thus has a rich industrial and historic past.