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Land of Iron project recognised for engaging people in heritage

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The North York Moors National Park Authority has been recognised as a shortlisted finalist in the prestigious Engaging People Awards by the Association for Heritage Interpretation (AHI).

The accolade was for the National Park’s Land of Iron project – a £4-million, National Lottery Heritage Fund scheme which ran from 2016 to 2021 in partnership with the David Ross Foundation and other supporters.

The project celebrated the trailblazing story of 19th-century ironstone mining and railway construction in Rosedale, the Esk Valley and the Cleveland hills. The AHI recognised the outdoor elements of the project, including the interpretation panels, cast-iron models, conservation work and other interventions at former mining and railway sites across the North York Moors, from Goathland to Ingleby Incline.

Person viewing Land of Iron interpretation panel

Julian Brown, Interpretation Manager for the North York Moors, said: “The Land of Iron project has had a tremendous impact on our understanding of how our landscapes have been shaped by industry, even here in our beautiful National Park. We worked closely with local communities and our partners to devise stunning panels and models that complement our wonderful landscapes, and it’s really exciting for our work to be recognised in this way.”

Bill Bevan from the AHI, commented “Congratulations to the North York Moors National Park for a very well-deserved recognition for the Land of Iron. Only a small number of projects are recognised as finalists every two years by the AHI Awards judging panel, so this is a real badge of excellence in interpretation.”

Cyclist viewing Land of Iron interpretation panel

The Association for Heritage Interpretation is the membership group in Britain and Ireland for anyone interested in interpretation – the art of helping people explore and appreciate our heritage, nature, culture and science. It aims to promote excellence in the practice and provision of interpretation and to gain wider recognition of interpretation as a professional activity.

The biennial awards showcase best practice in heritage interpretation across the UK and Ireland. They are the only awards to recognise excellence in all types and sizes of heritage interpretation – whether in museums, historic buildings or outdoors, a temporary event or online. The category winners were announced at the online awards ceremony held during the AHI conference on Thursday 4 November. They all compete for the overall AHI Award for Excellence on the 18 November.

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North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres) the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 8.4 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

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