Exhibitions & Events

Coming up:

Touring Exhibition. Between April and June 2015 our final exhibition will be touring the lead routes showcasing all our research and activities. Dates are:

Newcastle library 7 – 19 April
Gateshead Library 20 – 30 April
Blaydon Library 1-9 May
Gateshead Civic Centre 11 – 21 May
Nenthead mines 22 – 25 May
Hexham Library 26 May – 6 June
Killhope Lead Mining Museum 9 – 22 June (as part of a paid entry visit)

Conservation work day at Dukesfield, Weds 15th April

On a day of ‘mixed’ weather we made some short footpath sections to improve access to the planned viewpoints, and shifted/stabilised brick and stone stacks beyond the chimneys. Amazing how much was achieved by a dedicated band of volunteers working hard with picks, shovels and buckets, and displaying their flair for practical creativity with stone, brick and earth!

Previously… We’ve toured several exhibitions along the lead routes from Blaydon to the Allen Valleys, and we’ve also had one off showcases at local events like Slaley Show. A one day exhibition was held at the High Forest Community Centre at Sinderhope in the east Allen Valley in June 2014 which drew a large number of people for a sparsely populated area, and by way of geographical contrast, an exhibition was also hosted at the busy Blaydon Library a few months later, at the other end of the lead road.

Visitors at the Sinderhope exhibition on the lead carriers on 29th June

Visitors at the Sinderhope exhibition on the lead carriers on 29th June 2014

We opened up our excavations in May 2014 and hosted a Heritage Open Day in September 2014.

Visitors, Trench 1 and display boards



The Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project aimed to celebrate and discover the heritage of the Dukesfield Arches & lead carriers' routes between Blaydon and the lead mines of Allendale and Weardale. A two year community project, it was led by the Friends of the North Pennines in partnership with Hexhamshire and Slaley Parish Councils and the active support of Allendale Estates. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the generous support of other sponsors. Friends of the North Pennines: Charity No:1137467