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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:

Tuesday 25 July - Saturday 5 August (not on Sundays and Mondays)
Goathland Incline Community Archaeology Excavation
Come and join our exciting archaeological excavation to search for traces of an industry that transformed local life, culture and the landscape. We are excavating using archaeological methods to find out what hidden structures and traces of industry remain at the top of the Goathland Incline. The North York Moors is famed for its natural beauty and richness but once this landscape was a hive of industrial activity. By careful excavation we’ll be unearthing evidence of this industrial past to uncover the lives of the miners, railwaymen and their families that made the North York Moors their home.

We are recruiting volunteers to take part in the archaeological excavations, please contact for further information. All appropriate training will be given, but we ask that those with little or no experience sign up for a minimum of two days in order to build on knowledge gained.

Daily public tours will take place from 27th July at 11am and 1.30pm.

The site is located 100m north of the North York Moors National Park car park, Goathland, Beck Hole Road.


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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