In the 1950s a group of friends started exploring and studying disused mines and caves in Shropshire and other parts of the UK. In September 1961 they officially formed themselves into the "The Shropshire Mining Club", later changing their name to "The Shropshire Caving & Mining Club".
We are still going strong after over 50 years, with several of the early founding members involved and taking part in club activities.
The Club runs an active programme of underground and surface trips, with typically 2 to 3 main trips per month. We also organise trips to caves and mines in all parts of Britain, the Isle of Man, Ireland, and the Continent - basically anywhere we can get underground!
Club members are a major force in the Midlands Cave Rescue Organisation, regularly participating in rescue practices and training and the occasional rescue.
In addition to underground exploration and training Members carry-out historical research, the results of which the Club publishes on this website, in it's Journals, "Accounts", Quarterly Journal/Newsletter - Below!, or Videos - combining a record of Club explorations with the historical background to the sites concerned. (The videos are produced in association with I.A.Recordings).
We normally hold a Club Meeting on the first Friday of every month at Allscott Bowling Club (formerly the British Sugar Social Club), Allscott, Telford, Shropshire at 8pm however due to COVID restrictions Club meetings are now being held online via Zoom.
Members are also active in the preservation and conservation of underground and surface sites, working with other local groups and councils to protect bat habitats and sites of historical importance.
To help with rescue and exploration activities Club members have developed a variety of 'low' and 'high' tech gadgets.
* The £17 per person BCA insurance premium covers both surface and underground activities. If you only require surface cover the premium is £6 per person. If you already get BCA insurance via another Club/Society we'll need to know your BCA number.
Send an e-mail to:
scmc.secretary followed by @ then factree.org.uk
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If you are interested in joining the club please download the membership application form:
We support the Midlands Cave Rescue Organisation (MCRO)