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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… read more

Getting Diggy

Volunteers resting on the bases of the smelt mill chimneys they have just exposed – brilliant progress !

Permission to start!


Friends of the North Pennines have just been given permission to start their  Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers project. Between now and April 2015 volunteers and a small team of professionals… read more

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