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Welcome to our diary pages where you will find all you need to know about the dates of mill openings, family heritage events, archives evenings, walks, talks or volunteer sessions.

If you need any further details please contact Katrina our Trust Chair and Events Coordinator via our Contact Page  to find out more.



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December 2019

Tuesday 10th December – Califat Coal Mine Excavation – Leicestershire Industrial History Society lead the excavation of the Califat Coal Mine (1855-1873) coal mine buildings and work closely with Swannington Heritage Trust.  Digs are from 9.30am-1pm followed by an optional lunch at the Bull’s Head, Thringstone.

Saturday 14th December – Saturday Land Group meet at 10am at Snibston No 3, Spring Lane – Maintains part of the Snibston No 3 Colliery (1850-1880 and 1892-1895) and adjacent section of the Leicester and Swannington Railway. An opportunity to volunteer if you work during the week.


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Start the new year with a bang and join one of the Trust’s volunteer teams

Land Management  – The team maintains 14 acres of woodland and acid grass heathland that were formerly coal mining and railway sites. Hough Mill work includes the Gorse Field and Califat Spinney, some sessions are at the Swannington Incline:

  • Wednesdays 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th – Meet 9am at Hough Mill
  • Fridays 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st – Meet 9am at Hough Mill
  • Saturday 11th – Meet 10am at Snibston No 3, Spring Lane


Mill Maintenance  – Maintaining and developing Hough Mill plus other technical tasks:

  • Fridays 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st – Meet 9am at Hough Mill


Archive Group – Scanning, cataloguing and indexing historical documents and photographs:

  • Monday 6th – Planning meeting at Griffydam
  • Mondays 13th, 27th – 7pm at Swannington Village Hall




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2020 Events

Just a few of next years events…

Tuesday 28th April 2020 – Leicestershire Industrialists, Their Non Industrial Legacy – talk to Ashby U3A.

Friday 8th May 2020 – VE Day Celebrations, Hough Mill.

Sunday 31st May 2020 – Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society History Fair at Beaumanor Hall, Woodhouse, Leicestershire.

Thursday 16th July 2020  – Leicestershire & Rutland Heritage Awards, The Century Theatre, Snibston, Coalville.

Tuesday 13th October 2020 – A Coal Mining Dynasty – talk to Shepshed Historical Society.

Thursday 15th October 2020 – Trouble and Strife, the challenges in getting a wife – talk to Leicestershire and Rutland Family History Society, Market Harborough Branch.

Tuesday 20th October 2020 – Industrial Heritage of Swannington – talk to Leicestershire and Rutland Family History Society, Loughborough Group.

Tuesday 12th January 2020 – Clement Edwin Stretton and the Leicester and Swannington Railway – talk to Great Glen U3A.