Getting busy with the BBC!

Great piece today on the local BBC news website – if it’s brought you here – thanks for coming!

The site is open to the public at all times as there’s a public footpath right next to it (see bottom of this page for directions), but we have Open Days planned during half term for Saturday 25th and Bank Holiday Monday 26th May. 

We have a few free places still available if you want to join in with the dig between 10th & 27th May. Email us on (phones don’t work on site!). Diggers will be on site every day except Wednesdays and Thursdays (we’re keen, but need a bit of a rest), from 10am until about 4pm. For more detailed info on the dig, including reports and project design, see here.

Hope you can come along and join us!

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