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Join us this autumn for some hands-on conservation

Thursday October 2nd, 2014 | Stephanie

We have a series of hands-on conservation tasks organised this autumn as part of the Helping Hillforts and Earthwork Castles project, and the Rescuing Rocks and Overgrown Relics project.  Take a look at the tasks below and we hope you can join us on some.  No experience necessary and tools and training provided.  Please contact the office […]

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Try your hand at heritage restoration using traditional skills including lime mortar

Wednesday September 24th, 2014 | Stephanie

In 2013 Shropshire Council was successful in securing Higher Level Stewardship funding from Natural England to restore a series of buildings at Snailbeach Lead Mine. The site is of national historic importance as it contains the most complete set of lead mine buildings in the UK. It is also protected as a scheduled ancient monument […]

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Introduction to keeping livestock, 4-day course in October

Wednesday September 24th, 2014 | Stephanie

We are holding an ‘Introduction to keeping livestock’ course on Wednesday evenings in October. The sessions will cover all you need to know from animal welfare and diseases, to practical considerations of keeping livestock and the legalities.  The focus is on sheep, cattle and horses/ponies, and will cover any cross-border issues. The course is being led by Dr […]

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Scythers, rakers and stackers at The Knapp

Friday September 12th, 2014 | Stephanie

A great day was had by many last Saturday on the Knapp. Together with ‘Friends of Castle Pulverbatch’, we organised an event to celebrate the importance of and to care for their local monument. Most visitors and helpers changed into Medieval Garb to get them into the spirit of the occasion. Hugh Hannaford, Senior Archaeological […]

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Try your hand at heritage restoration using lime mortar this Sunday 14th, Snailbeach

Tuesday September 9th, 2014 | Stephanie

This Sunday 14th we are running a hands on introductory session with Ian Storey, of CBS Conservation, in the use of lime mortar, as part of the Snailbeach Mines Heritage Open Days. The session will include a short tour of Snailbeach Mine to give an overview of the forthcoming building conservation works, an introduction to […]

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Friends of Shropshire Hills visit to project sites

Tuesday July 22nd, 2014 | Mike

Friends of the Shropshire Hills AONB enjoyed a recent day out to discover more about our ‘Rescuing rocks and overgrown relics’ project and visit some of the sites we are working on. The aim of the project is to improve rare and valuable habitats and the sites chosen have the potential to support some of […]

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Community Survey – do you live in the Camlad Valley?

Saturday July 12th, 2014 | Mike

The ‘Down to Earth’ project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and provides support to local communities who want to take action to conserve and celebrate their local heritage. This might involve anything that’s distinctive and valued in the area, improving neglected route-ways, investigating local history, or protecting old monuments for example. It is […]

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– View LiDAR digital mapping of Scheme area

Friday July 11th, 2014 | Stephanie

Follow this link to view a ‘hill-shaded’ version of the LiDAR survey for the Scheme area. LIDAR – Light Detection and Ranging is a remote sensing technology that uses a pulsed laser beam to measure distances to the Earth. The data enables archaeologists to recognise and record otherwise hard to detect features in the landscape. […]

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– Archaeology fieldwork week a success

Friday July 11th, 2014 | Stephanie

Following the launch of the Open Hills, Old Ways & Commons project in May, a team of over 20 enthusiastic volunteers have started to use the data from the LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) survey to begin archaeological fieldwork at different sites across the Scheme area.  Training providers, AOC Archaeology, organised both classroom IT-based  workshops, focussing on the analysis […]

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‘Land between Lands’ launch

Thursday May 29th, 2014 | Mike

Shropshire/Powys borderlands as never seen before Over 75 people packed into Pontesbury Public Hall on Thursday to hear Stewart Ainsworth, of Channel Four’s Time Team and Professor of Landscape Archaeology at Chester University, cast a light on the Shropshire Powys borderlands as never seen before. Stewart was guest speaker at the ‘Land Between Lands’ event […]

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