New Discoveries at Dale Mine

History Live March 4th meetingNew Discoveries at Dale Mine, with Dr Catherine Parker Heath.

Our next History Live meeting will be on Wednesday March 4th at 7.30 in Hollinsclough Chapel Hall.  However as you know, it’s best to come early to bag the best seats and cakes!!  Doors will be open from 6.45.

We’re really pleased that Catherine will be making a return visit to tell us all about the excavations at Dale Mine.  Catherine is a great supporter of History Live and many of you will know her from other local activities too.

Over the summer of 2019, a group of hard-working South West Peak volunteers, led by Dr John Barnatt and funded by the SWPeak’s Small Heritage Adoption project, carried out excavations at Dale Mine near Warslow, the results of which challenged previous interpretations of the remains. Dale Mine itself is an historically important 18th and 19th century lead and zinc mine standing in an impressive location, high above the Manifold Valley, opposite Ecton Hill, site of the renowned copper mines of the Dukes of Devonshire.

Catherine is the South West Peak Cultural Heritage Officer responsible for managing the Barns and Buildings and Small Heritage Adoption Projects in the area. Prior to this, she worked as project manager with the Tudor Farming Interpretation Group on the Community Archaeology Project, based at Under Whitle Farm, near Sheen. Catherine also co-runs Enrichment Through Archaeology with her husband and fellow archaeologist, Ian, delivering archaeology workshops to schools around the country.

We are always looking for cake makers so please contact Elspeth first – to help with her planning – whether you can either join the regular rota or bake for just this meeting. We reimburse your costs.  Tel: 01298 83282 or

A reminder that entrance is just £3 which includes refreshments, so we look forward to seeing you on March 4th.

Trespassers on Kinder Scout

The Mass Trespass

2 October 2019 at 7.30pm
Hollinsclough Chapel Hall (SK17 0RH)

At this our second meeting of the season, we are really pleased to welcome well known author and Peak District expert, Roly Smith.  Roly has written 92 books, mainly about walking and the British countryside and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, vice-president of the Outdoor Writers’ and Photographers’ Guild, and a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers.  As the former Head of Information Services with the Peak District National Park, he became known in the local Press as “Mr Peak District”! Roly has entitled his talk ‘Forgive us our Trespassers’ and has sent the following information which he hopes will whet your appetite and tempt you to come along.

“Forgive us our trespassers

The Mass Trespass of Kinder Scout in 1932 has been described as “the most successful example of direct action in the history of the British countryside” and 87 years after the event, we are still talking about it. I’ll start by giving the background to the trespass; the historical reasons for it happening, resulting from the Enclosure Acts of the 18th and 19th centuries. Then I’ll describe the trespass itself, the trial and the sentences handed down by the judge – which I’m sure is the reason we still remember it. The consequences of the trespass will also be explained, the various celebrations which have taken place since, and how it eventually led to the right to roam that the CROW ACT of 2000 (which celebrates its 20th anniversary next year) gave us all.”

Would you like to do your bit to contribute to another successful evening?  How about baking a cake or some scones or some flapjacks or some biscuits or or or….?  We could do with a few more bakers to either join the rota or just to provide a home-bake as a one-off one evening.  We reimburse you £4 per cake. If you can help, please contact Elspeth on 01298 83282 or  Thanks!

About History Live

History Live is a friendly group which meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30 in Hollinsclough Chapel Hall. (SK17 0RH for satnavs) to listen to great speakers and enjoy sharing an interest in local history. Entrance is just £3 which includes hot drinks and our famous home made cakes!

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