What’s On Spring 2014

Wood Cut Print Techniques Saturday 15th March 9.30 – 12.30 or 1.30 – 4.30
Drypoint Print Techniques Saturday 5th April 10am – 4.30pm
Contact: dukesfield@outlook.com
An invitation for all artists, beginners and experienced, to join local printmaker Jan Baxandall for free workshops. Jan is an inspiring and experienced professional printer and teacher. She will take as her subjects any images inspired by the Dukesfield project – the Dukesfield Arches, the Lead Way between there and the riverside wharves at Blaydon, the Carriers, their ponies and carts, or more abstract ideas sparked by these images. Participants can gather their own material or use the photographs that will be provided.

Dowsing – Saturday 12th April, 10.30 – 4pm Contact: 01434 673709 Anne Porter
Join professional dowser Eleanor Burke for a morning session getting to grips with dowsing tools, with a bit of history and general background. Then in the afternoon there will be a chance to put the dowsing rods into practice at the Dukesfield Arches, seeing if we can discover hidden archaeological features.

Heritage Cook-off – Saturday 19th April, 11.30am – 6pm
Contact: 01434 673388 Pat Wilson
Drop in for a taste of recipes that families ate in the eighteenth century, before homes had ovens, and when the lead industry was the main employer in the Dukesfield area. Special old recipes being made all day: Volatile Biscuits, Tharfe Cake, Ginger beer, Sheep’s Head broth, Rabbit and Mushrooms, Maslin Bread, Singing Hinnies, Pan Haggerty, Carlins, Lardy Cake and Old fashioned pork sausages made by the Northumberland Sausage Company.

Archaeology Digs – Sat 10th – Tues 27th May Except Weds & Thurs, 10am – 4pm each day
Contact dukesfield@outlook.com
Our final big dig, we think… uncovering the mystery of the mill leat culvert, locating the furnaces, and what were the buildings with massive iron hearthstones piled inside? Camaraderie and clarts guaranteed.

And there’s more! Camera obscura workshop, guided walks and pony trekking along the carriers’ routes, comedic play, touring exhibition, Slaley Show competitions, public talks and …. beer! Contact: dukesfield@outlook.com

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