HSI Newsflash

Archaeology and Skills at the Dukesfield Project, Hexham

There are loads of opportunities to get involved with the Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project. If you are interested in being involved please use the contact details below.

Join the Dig!

Monday 16th September to Sunday 22nd September 2013, starting at 10 am

Come and spend a day working alongside a professional archaeologist on the third Dukesfield Smelting Mill Dig.

The Arches are located close to NE46 1SG, between Slaley and Whitley Chapel to the south of Hexham.  They are the physical remains of what was once the hub of the North East’s thriving lead and silver industry. Help us find out more about their importance and your heritage.

Volunteer for just one day or more. Stay for a couple of hours or bring a packed lunch and stay all day.

Booking is essential. You can do this by emailing p.jackson@ntlworld.com or telephoning Peter on 07718385646. For further details of the dig or the project see http://dukesfield.wordpress.com

Skills Training

The Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project has also got free heritage skills training days happening in the next few weeks. Two courses take place on the Grade 2 listed structure of Dukesfield Arches, under the expert guidance of our specialist stonemason Gary Simpson of Heritage Consolidation Ltd. Your place can be booked through dukesfield@outlook.com or by following the links below.

Wednesday September 25th, 10am – 3pm

Soft-Capping is “increasingly seen as a more effective and appropriate repair method” http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/professional/research/buildings/building-materials/soft-wall-capping/ so if you’d like to learn how, make sure you’re free! For more info and to book your place click here.

Wednesday October 2nd, 10am – 3pm

Lime is the traditional mortar used on historic buildings for centuries http://www.spab.org.uk/advice/technical-qas/technical-qa-14-lime/. Although simple and effective there are some dangers, knowledge and techniques which are essential to become familiar with if your pointing is going to be effective.  For more information and to book your place click here.

 Kathryn Banfield

Learning and Skills Coordinator