On Wednesday 27th April Upper Sixth chemistry students visited Ecton Mine near Hartington in the Peak district. In the late 1700’s Ecton Mine was owned by the Duke of Devonshire and it was thought the proceeds from this copper mine were used to build Chatsworth House.

Everyone enjoyed a trip into the mine and collected samples of various ores that contained the metal ions of copper, iron, lead and calcium. The students then did a number of chemical tests to prove the presence of the metal ions in these samples with incredible results. The day was finished off with the students preparing gun powder which would have been used in the blasting of the rocks and setting light to these samples.

This was a really enjoyable and educational trip. A definite for next year!