The conference, entitled ‘The Fascination that is in all Mining’,
will celebrate the late George Hall’s life and mining interests and
be held in the William Morris Conference Room at Mellington Hall.
The quoted title for the Conference is attributed to the
Bick who once remarked that it was his friend George Hall who
him to, 'the fascination that is in all mining'.
The agenda for the day will start at around 9:30
am for coffee, with the
conference starting at 10:30 am and finishing at 5:30
pm. Rob Vernon has arranged the speakers, it being intended that
will cover many aspects of George's life, from his early introduction
mining, his achievements, the people he touched and inspired, his humour,
his interests, and his family.
Speakers included George's son, Tom who reflected
on his father's life; Terry Evans on his early adventures into Wales
George; Ivor Brown provided details of George's interests in Shropshire;
Simon Dominy spoke about gold mining that was a significant
for George. Other speakers included Graham Levins from the Welsh
There were talks from researchers on various aspects of
who George helped or inspired, and from those who knew George from his
in the Welsh Mines Society and the Welsh Mines Preservation Trust.
Finally, David James detailed aspects of George's own
on mining, and its frustrations. It was David who put other
business of George's into words, and edited the publication "Metal
in Mid-Wales: 1822-1921", an account of George's uncompleted thesis for
Master of Philosophy degree from Aberystwyth University.
Printed proceedings have since been published as Welsh Mines and
Further details can be found here.
cost of £35.00 per attendee for the conference included unlimited coffee,
and biscuits during the day, a two course hot and cold buffet lunch,
afternoon tea with homemade cakes.
Delegates numbers were limited by the capacity of the conference room
to a maximum of 50.
For partners and friends who were less interested
in mining history, the hotel is in a beautiful and
secluded situation, with its own gardens and extensive grounds (through
which the Offa’s Dyke path passes), with particularly fine trees, and
views of the South Shropshire hills. The Stiperstones and the
Longmynd are nearby. Ironbridge, Ludlow
and Powis Castle are easy drives.
In the evening there was a dinner at the conference venue at 7:00 for 7:30 pm. Delegates were
able to choose from an à la carte menu with main courses around £15.00
Mellington Hall Hotel provides a range of Bed &
Tel. : 01588 620 456.
E-mail : email@example.com
Webpages : www.mellingtonhallhotel.com
The NGR of the entrance to the hotel drive is
: SO 253 930.
View road atlas, or 1:25,000 OS Map (the
arrow indicates entrance gates).