Opportunity time!

The scaffolding around the Arches should be going up over the next few days, and then Gary and his lads from Heritage Consolidation Ltd will be repairing the Arches before the winter sets in, we all hope. Mid September sees more archaeology work on the chimney structures and the mill race. We’ve got training planned in Lime slaking and mortaring, and in soft-capping techniques, alongside the archaeology, and after those, were hosting a public meeting, open to everyone, to bring you all up to date with the progress made so far. Here’s the dates for the events:

Archaeology volunteers: 16th – 20th September

Soft Capping Training: Weds 25th September

Lime Slaking and Mortaring training: Weds 2nd October

Open Meeting: Wednesday 16th October, Whitley Chapel Parish Hall, evening

If you;re interrested in joining in any of these please email us on dukesfield @ outlook .com

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