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We would love you to be part of the This Exploited Land of Iron story, find out more about the industrial past of the North York Moors, and maybe volunteer your time to help grow the project and share this story with others.

Upcoming events

Following the launch a range of events will take place throughout 2017 with enough variety to provide something for everyone. Activities will include community archaeological digs and surveys, guided walks, mini-beast safaris, art exhibitions, and displays at local shows. Here are some of the latest events:

  • Saturday 17 June 9.30am-4.00pm - Grosmont Extravaganza of Heritage and Wildlife Recording - a day of survey and recording at one of the most fascinating sites in the Land of Iron - Grosmont Ironworks.
  • Wildlife Bioblitz: From 8pm Friday evening until 4pm on Saturday afternoon we are going to record as many wildlife species as we can find. This will commence with putting out small mammal traps and a bat walk on Friday night (places on bat walk limited, so booking essential - link to follow shortly) followed by moth trapping. On Saturday we will begin early in the morning to open the mammal traps and set up a mist net for bird ringing, before starting to record the many other types of plant and animal found on the site. Experts and keen amateurs will be available throughout the day to help identify species. Please get in touch if you have a specific interest or group that you would like to learn more about and we will let you know the best time to come along! Contact Elspeth on or call 01439 772700.
  • Industrial heritage recording: Will take place from 9:30am-4pm on Saturday. If you would like to volunteer to help with the survey work itself, please contact or to find out more about the structures and heritage just turn up on the day.
  • Tuesday 25 July - Saturday 5 August - Goathland Incline Community Archaeology Excavation - Come and join our exciting community archaeological dig to search for traces of an industry that transformed local life and culture. We are excavating using archaeological methods to find out what hidden structures and traces of industry remain at the Goathland Incline. Little remains in the landscape today, but by careful excavation we’ll be unearthing evidence of the industrial past of the North York Moors to uncover the lives of the miners, railwaymen and their families. We are recruiting volunteers to take part in the archaeological excavations, please contact for further information. All appropriate training will be given.


Volunteering can be so much fun – you can meet new people, learn new skills and gain confidence, get fit and active, and make a real difference to your local community and environment. This Exploited Land of Iron offers lots of opportunities for volunteering, inside or outdoors, for as little or as much time as you have to spare. We also have opportunities for work experience and study placements with our project team.

Current opportunities include:

Volunteers - Woodrush Planting on River Esk

  • Archaeology and excavations
  • Lime mortar training
  • Daffodil surveys
  • Path repair
  • 3D computer modelling
  • Habitat management
  • Wildflower surveys
  • Tree planting
  • Riverbank stabilisation

If you are keen to get involved or have an idea which volunteers could help with, please get in touch on or 01439 772700.

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Past events

See some of what we have done so far.

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