In March, 2014, 25 people took part in a photography workshop conducted by two Project volunteers and expert photographers, Karen Melvin and Iain Duncan using Karen’s delightful studio at Slaley. The workshop focussed on using photography to record events during the project – many of the photographs in our Flickr gallery were taken by a panel of volunteers from this workshop. Participants with interests as diverse as archaeology and clouds enjoyed a busy day improving their visualisation and reportage skills.

Karen and Iain used examples of their own beautiful and imaginative photographic work to demonstrate different approaches, and discussed how to use different types of camera to the best effect. An afternoon trip to Dukesfield gave the participants the chance to try out their newly learned skills.


Karen Melvin shows examples of her work

Iain Duncan gives advice

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