Launch event 18 March
This Exploited Land of Iron officially launched on 18 March 2017 with IRONFEST - a fun-filled activity day at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby. A fantastic day was had by all and some pictures are shown below. The event also included an exhibition from photographer and writer Ian Macdonald - “An Exploited Landscape in Transition”.
A special launch edition newspaper was printed for the event, and can be viewed below.
Rosedale History Weekend
On Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April Rosedale Local History Weekend highlighted the rich heritage of Rosedale with archive photographs, maps, plans and artefacts, local artwork and crafts, children's activities, guided walks and talks. Thanks to Rosedale History Society and all their volunteers for an excellent event.
Hot lime mortar training workshop
Volunteers from the project spent an enlightening day on 4 May with Nigel Copsey from the Earth, Stone and Lime Company learning about the theory and use of hot lime mortar mixes in building conservation. This technique is the same method that was used to build most of the kilns and mining structures in the Land of Iron and can produce a very strong and durable mortar. The term hot lime mortar comes from the fact that when the quicklime is mixed with water (slaked) it generates considerable heat, which is a truly remarkable reaction to observe.
Glaisdale guided walk
On 6 May Simon Chapman of Cleveland Mining Heritage Society led a fascinating 3-hour walk uncovering the hidden heritage of Glaisdale, which once hosted a major ironworks and mining complex. The walk picked out clues in the landscape that when pieced together give a clear picture of the area's industrial past. Simon is currently working on a book about the mining history of Glaisdale, due to be published later in 2017.
Monday 15 to Friday 19 May 10am-3pm - Combs Wood community archaeology excavation - Come and see an archaeology dig first hand as we uncover the secrets of Combs Wood. Located just off the Rail Trail by Beck Hole, drop in anytime 10.30am-4.00pm. If you would like to volunteer to help at the dig please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 20 May 12.30-5.00pm - Grosmont Cooperative 150th Anniversary - Help celebrate the birthday of Britain's oldest independent co-op with a fun filled day at Grosmont playing field. The Land of Iron will have a stall with mining artefacts, badge making and information displays.