Leaden Learning?

…not this week!

Allendale Primary School spent the day at Dukesfield Arches today, working alongside the stonemasons, archaeologists, and volunteers on a range of heritage and arts based activities.

Getting entrenched in the archaeology:

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Making technical drawings of the excavations:

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Helping rebuild the Leat wall using traditional lime mortar:

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Writing haiku poetry about the arches then and now:

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Sketching their inspiration for their entries into the Allendale Agricultural Show:

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And exploring perspective and focus using the camera obscura:


From the comments afterwards, the archaeologists, stone masons and volunteers enjoyed it just as much as the children. What a great day!


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