Light fantastic

Beautiful weather and curious minds are coming together at the Arches this weekend. Children from Whitley Chapel First School explored different perspectives of the Arches, altering their point of view using lenses and becoming enfolded in the mysterious Camera Obscura.

On entering the veĀ  lvet dark of the tent, their eyes gently became accustomed to the reflection of the Arches with their friends playing beneath them. Using sheets of white card, the children were able to focus the images and rotate the lens to change what they saw. A magical experience, allowing them to control and define what was being observed.

One of the images the children captured and excited children lining up to take their turn with the camera obscura

They also were able to experiment with reflections and focus using Claude lenses and handbuilt cameras, with artist Ingrid Pollard. Last chance to have a go yourself on Sunday 8th June: come along to the Arches between 10-30am & 1pm.

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