We would love you to be part of the 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.
Use the links below to find out more or scroll down:
- Upcoming events and activities
- Land of Iron Project Celebration Events
- Moors and Valleys Young Archaeologists Club (YAC)
- Connect with the Land of Iron
Upcoming events and activities
Coming up in 2020 we have a range of exciting and invigorating events in the Land of Iron in which members of the public can join. Please note that this page is updated so check back regularly for any new activities.
- Vintage Poster Competition – opens 1pm on 1 March, deadline 1pm 17 July
Inspired by the industrial heritage of the North York Moors and enjoy making original art? Then we have an opportunity for you!
The Vintage Poster Competition has been conceived to promote the Land of Iron heritage and also help support its ongoing care. We are looking for a range of vintage and railway poster-style artworks that convey the wonder of these industrial heritage stories, the monuments that have been left behind, and the nature that has reclaimed the landscape since the industry left.
Selected works will be displayed in a special exhibition at the Inspired by… gallery in September 2020 (see below). The best may be reproduced as saleable artwork to support ongoing conservation works in the National Park.
The full competition brief and application forms are available to download below:
- Vintage poster competition brief (PDF) (Word)
- Vintage poster competition application form (PDF) (Word)
We are looking forward to seeing your entries! For further information please contact email@example.com.
- Lime Workshop - Rosedale East - 10-27 March (weekdays)
A three-week event run by local expert stonemason Nigel Copsey and the Land of Iron. Why not join in and learn all about traditional lime mortar techniques and its use in helping to preserve the tantalising remains of High Baring, a series of now isolated East Mines Workshops. Sign up for either individual days or multiple days. Training is given on site and as a volunteer some expenses are paid. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01439 772700 to book.
Land of Iron Project celebration events
In order to mark the final year we are holding a range of activities and exhibitions at the Inspired by… gallery at the Moors National Park Centre, Danby. The events and activities will take part across September and October. The Moors National Park Centre is family friendly with an onsite cafe and accessible toilets.
Please see the entries below for the individual activities and exhibitions:
- Cleveland Model Railway Club Iron Kilns Exhibition – 5-27 September
An event for kids and adults alike as the Skelton-based Cleveland Model Railway Club exhibit their skills in building model replica railways. The Rosedale East Iron Kilns once dominated the dale as they roasted the ironstone mined from the nearby hills day and night; trains then took away the calcined remains for smelting. Now the Iron Kilns and railway line are rebuilt once again in miniature with the aid of a Land of Iron Community Grant, so bring the family and explore the model railway and the history of the Cleveland Model Railway Club before exploring the remains of the real Rosedale site! Entry is free.
- Vintage Poster Exhibition – 5-30 September
Join us as we display the selected original artworks received from the Vintage Poster Competition (see above), highlighting the National Park’s unique industrial heritage. Entry is free.
- Cleveland Fibre Arts Exhibition – 5-30 September
Inspired by the ironstone industry and using ironstone to dye their materials, Cleveland Fibre Arts display their intricate homemade designs at the Moors National Park Centre in this stimulating exhibition. Using assorted materials to produce quilts, rugs, pictures, scarves and more, the artists keep alive traditional fibre and textile skills using ancient and modern techniques. Entry is free.
- Model Railway Weekend – 26-27 September
To celebrate the Land of Iron project we have brought together the Cleveland Model Railway Club with other local and dedicated railway model builders to reconstruct the main sites of the ironstone industry in the 19th and early 20th centuries in the North York Moors.
- Blakey Junction
- Rosedale Bank Top
- Rosedale East goods yard
- Rosedale East Iron Kilns and High Baring
Come and explore these fascinating models and talk to the experts for advice and insight. This exhibition promises to be a tantalisingly insight into the activities of a long-gone industry and a chance for the whole family to learn. Entry is free.
- Cleveland Fibre Arts Fashion show – 30 September
Cleveland Fibre Arts present an engaging and thought-provoking fashion show inspired by the ironstone industry, which helped drive the industrial revolution within the North York Moors and beyond. Come and see how ironstone dye is used in invigorating and thought-provoking ways.
- Gillies Jones Exhibition – 10 October to 9 November
The Moors National Park Centre is proud to play host to the well-known contemporary blown glass makers Gillies Jones. Based in nearby Rosedale, Gillies Jones has received international recognition for their skills in using traditional labour-intensive methods to produce glass works with a unique appeal. Entry is free.
As a part of the Land of Iron programme, a brand new family-friendly exhibition space has opened at the Moors National Park Centre in Danby celebrating the ironstone heritage. Interactive exhibits, including 3D models of intriguing monuments and hidden creatures, highlight the rich natural and cultural history of the moors, including the fascinating ironstone industry. Pop in today for a thrilling and interactive experience before you explore the North York Moors themselves. Entry is free.
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. The Land of Iron offers lots of opportunities for volunteering, inside or outdoors, for as little or as much time as you have to spare.
See what Tony has to say about taking part:
All of my expectations were met, and many more. I got hooked; I initially signed up for two days and stayed for ten! The rest as they say is history. I'm still on-board and I am still enjoying it.
Current opportunities include the chances to get involved in a number of activities, including but not limited to:
- Archaeological recording and excavations
- Lime mortar training
- Native wild daffodil surveys
- Photogrammetry 3D digital modelling
- Habitat management
- Wildflower surveys
- Tree planting
Using Modern Technology in the Land of Iron
Adrian Glasser, one of our wonderful tech minded volunteers, has produced a number of blog entries on his adventures in making practical and digital tools for the Land of Iron.
Check them out below:
- See how the Warren Moor Mine ironstone chimney can be turned into a 7ft tall foam jigsaw
- Learn how a unique Grosmont 'Pig Iron' can be turned into a delicious chocolate bar
- Work out just how fast runaway ironstone-laden wagons speed down the steep Ingleby Incline
- Be amazed by the fantastic Time Sliders, how historic photographs transition to the modern view
- Read about how to develop a photogrammetry trolley to take photographs for 3D digital models
- Assemble your own electronic photogrammetry turntable with this handy guide
Get Involved Today
If you are keen to get involved or have an idea which volunteers could help with, please get in touch through Landofiron@northyorkmoors.org.uk or telephone 01439 772700.
Free hands-on activity sessions for 8–16 year olds, covering a variety of topics and time periods. The free-to-attend sessions run from 11am–1pm on the first Saturday of each month and are based at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby, with sessions taking place across North Yorkshire and Teesside.
The club gets involved in all sorts of activities, including demonstrations and craft activities, alongside visiting real archaeological sites and excavations! Booking beforehand is essential as spaces are limited per session.
For further information please contact email@example.com.
Connect with us
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