Free Traditional Heritage Skills Training

Not content with offering you just archaeology , we’ve also got free heritage skills training days happening in the next few weeks. Two courses take place on the Grade 2 listed structure of Dukesfield Arches, under the expert guidance of our specialist stonemason Gary Simpson of Heritage Consolidation Ltd. Your place can be booked through or by following the links below.

Soft-Capping is ” increasingly seen as a more effective and appropriate repair method” so if you’d like to learn how, make sure you’re free on Wednesday September 25th, 10am – 3pm. For more info and to book your place click here

Lime is the traditional mortar used on historic buildings for centuries Although simple and effective there are some dangers, knowledge and techniques which are essential to become familiar with if your pointing is going to be effective.  Wednesday October 2nd, 10am – 3pm. For more information and to book your place click here

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