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Morecambe Bay Landscape Partnership events this week

CBA North members might be interested to hear of two events in the south-west of our CBA Region being run by the Morecambe Bay Landscape Partnership.

On Wednesday is the Morecambe Bay Partnership Conference 2016 which is being held at The Platform, Old Station Buildings, Marine Road West, in Morecambe from 10am to 4.30pm. Donations of £12 for individuals and small organisations or £25 for large organisations are suggested to cover costs and include a hot lunch. Please book your ticket(s) online by following the link.

The programme of this day includes;

  • Putting Morecambe Bay on the Map, Susannah Bleakley, Morecambe Bay Partnership
  • Septic tanks, sewage and sexy vegetables – selling sustainability – Chris Dessent, Creative Concern
  • Morecambe Bay’s fishermen’s stories – Jenn Mattinson, Morecambe Bay Partnership
  • Walduck’s Wall  – Simon Williams, Morecambe Bay Partnership
  • Morecambe Bay Birds – Chris Lumb, Natural England
  • Gleaston Castle, New Insights in 3D – Dan Elsworth,  Greenlane Archaeology & Adam Stanford,  Aerial-Cam
  • North West Coast Connections – Robert Powell, National Grid
  • AGM

We want to welcome as many people as possible, so if £12 is simply too expensive for you, please ask us for one of the limited number of concessionary places.

Alternatively, you can book at ticket, via the link above and send the partnership a cheque – payable to ‘Morecambe Bay Partnership’ and send to The Factory, Castle Mills, Aynam Road, Kendal LA9 7DE.

Meanwhile on the next two weekends are Understanding the Bay: Documentary Research Training for Volunteers days at the Victoria Hall, Grange-over-Sands, from 10am to 4pm where the partnership is looking for volunteers to help research some of the Bay’s most intriguing archaeological sites. If you’re keen to help out, please sign up for these training courses, which will give you the basic skills that you need to help on our project.

It does not cost to be involved in these days, but spaces are limited, so please book you space on this series of workshops here. This work will be to help investigate and collect historical and archaeological information about sites around Morecambe Bay focusing on Hampsfell Hospice (Grange), Kirkhead Tower (Kents Bank) and the maritime heritage of the Cartmel Peninsula.

We are looking for volunteers to help investigate the historical background to these sites. We’ll provide you with the skills required to access archaeological/historical records and documentary evidence during these two training days in March. A volunteer profile has been written for you to find out more about what you are signing up for.

Once you’re fully trained, we hope that you will carry on and help us to research the sites, with support from our training team. This will include further research and drop in sessions during Spring/Summer 2016.

Please note that the session on Saturday 12th March includes an afternoon site visit. Access to the Council Chamber, Victoria Hall is on the first floor and is accessed by a flight of steps. Should this cause a problem for potential volunteers please contact us.

Teesside Archaeological Society lecture – this week

Morning Everyone,

This is just a reminder that the next Teesside Archaeological Society lecture will take place on Tuesday 23rd Feb 7.30 at Stockton Central Library.

This will be ‘St Cuthbert’s Corpse’ by Dr. David Williams

Writing under the pen name David Willem, David is the author of ‘St Cuthbert’s Corpse – a life after death’. In this talk, David will draw upon research for this book, charting the history of St. Cuthbert’s body through time. His coffin was opened six times in 1300 years and on each occasion someone kept a record of the body and relics as they were found – Anglo-Saxon monks, the first kings of all England, the Normans, Henry VIII’s henchman, a Georgian antiquarian and Victorian scholars – all bringing different preoccupations and concerns to the same body of material.

Anyone can come along and it is only £4.00 for non-members. If you would like to join and you haven’t joined for this year, it is £14.00 for a single membership and £23.00 for a joint! That will cover you this year on fieldwork, all the lectures and the annual bulletin which is now ready for you all!

Looking forward to seeing you all there,
Best wishes,

Dave
TAS Chairman

MAST Remembrance Project – Volunteers needed!

The Maritime Archaeological Sea Trust has announced the launch of their Heritage Lottery Fund Remembrance Pilot Project. This project will focus on World War One and Two underwater heritage off our coast. The United Kingdom has the largest and most significant collection of World War wrecks of anywhere in the world and the seas off CBA North’s region are well represented.

The focus of this pilot will be the north-east coast. The Project aims to train, facilitate and encourage diving groups to record these wrecks. In addition the Project will also train 10 non-divers to carry out research online and in archives complementary to the divers work underwater allowing the two strands of evidence to be combined. In Northumberland the work of the volunteers in the archives will be run by the Northumberland Archives Service.

Anyone interested in volunteering to undertake the research and archive work should contact Jessica Turner, Historic and Built Environment Officer at the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on 01670 622 648 or email her through the details here.

A History of Peatlands

Thanks to a grant of £9,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the AONB Partnership will be undertaking a project, called Peatland People, to document the methods of managing the land and how it has changed over the years.

No official record has been made about the people who have played a part in shaping the landscape of the North Pennines and Alistair Lockett, Field Officer with the AONB Partnership, said he hopes this project will keep important information about moorland practices from being lost forever.

He said: “We’d like to speak to a range of people who have all played their part in shaping this diverse landscape. I’m hoping a range of people will come forward to share their memories with us, including farmers, conservationists, gamekeepers and landowners.”

People who have worked on the moorlands in various different ways, or have families who have a strong link to the landscape of the North Pennines, are being encouraged to visit one of the three special drop-in sessions that have been arranged by the AONB Partnership.

Alistair said: “Once all the information has been collected, we plan to bring it together and showcase it in an exhibition that will be held at Bowlees Visitor Centre in Teesdale.

“Through Peatland People we want to celebrate this incredibly important landscape and understand more about how generations of people have brought it about. The special qualities of well-managed peatlands have important environmental benefits, for people and for wildlife. It’s a landscape people often take for granted but in reality it takes a huge amount of time and effort to conserve and enhance it.”

For more information contact Alistair Lockett on 01388 528801 or email alistair@northpenninesaonb.org.uk

 

Do you live in East Fellside? If so…. read on….

Do you live in or around Castle Carrock, Newbiggin, Cumrew, Ainstable, Cumwhitton, Talkin, Hayton, Farlam, Hallbankgate, Midgeholme, Tindale, Kirkoswald, Renwick, Croglin, Gamblesby, Glassonby, Melmerby or Brampton? Or are you part of a special interest or volunteer group in those parishes? The early stages of a Heritage Lottery Funded bid is being developed in your area and is looking for interested local people with exciting ideas for projects.

What’s special about your local landscape? Projects could cover enhancement and celebration of nature conservation, historic buildings, cultural history and traditions, access, environmental education, nature and cultural based tourism, small scale sustainability issues and heritage skills training.

If you have any ideas to discuss, you know of a local group that might be interested in being involved, or would like to be put on our project mailing list to be kept up to date with future developments, please contact Katharine Birdsall on 01388 528801 or email katharine@northpenninesaonb.org.uk