Join our dig! 16-22 September

New and returning volunteers welcome on the third Dukesfield Smelting Mill Dig, this time on the flues, chimneys and leat of the smelt mill. This work will be to continue the excavation of the leat by exploring the bank sides and testing the surroundings, and to complete the internal excavation of the fume chambers and chimneys.

Marc from The Archaeology Practice will return as our supervising archaeologist.  He’ll be recording details of the site and will be teaching volunteers some of the recording methods.

Our site days are planned to be starting on Monday 16th September and continuing to Sunday 22nd September.  Start time on each day will be 1000hrs or later and finish at times to suit yourself. The Arches are located close to NE46 1SG, between Slaley and Whitley Chapel to the south of Hexham.

Please book your places by emailing Pete Jackson at p.jackson”at”  Alternatively, you may phone 07718385646. Tell us the days that want to be at Dukesfield and leave a phone number or email address.

Hope to see you there!

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