On the 27th January 1970, 150 people responded to an invitation by the Club’s two founders, Owen Baker and David Curry, to meet at Plymouth Central Library’s Scott Lecture Theatre.

This followed an increasing number of enquiries that were being dealt with by the Local History and Natural History departments of the library and museum for mining information and mineral identification.

With the Plymouth Caving Group already pursuing underground activities, the fledgling club was to deal specifically with the surface activities of mineral collecting and mining-related industrial archaeology.

Thus, the Plymouth Mineral and Mining Club was born.