Smeltpunk’s Guest blog


My first foray into archaeology sadly didn’t include crystal skulls or running from giant rolling balls, but it did include a hugely satisfying day, interesting conversation, several midge bites and 5 litres of drinking water. I’m not sure if I was digging a chimney or flue but apparently that makes me the same as the experts. Hard work? yes – satisfying? immensely. Would I do it again? Only if I remember the midge repellent.

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