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What makes Land of Oak & Iron special to you?

Philippa has been working with us on her research project about landscape and memory, looking at how people pass memories on across generations within local communities and how people feel about local heritage. This is her blog she would like to share. For the first part of my research I spent some time in Chopwell… Read more

Men of Iron goes from strength to strength

Local heroes were celebrated last night at our Men of Iron official book launch. Dr William Lancaster gave a very informative talk about Crowley’s Ironworks and it’s historical importance of national and international significance. We learnt about the original author of Men of Iron, Professor Michael Flinn who published it nearly 50 years ago, as… Read more

Prudhoe Heritage Centre & Cafe Opens

The cafe at Tyne Riverside Country Park in Low Prudhoe has been officially re-opened, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The building, which was built in the 19th century and has had a variety of uses, had been vacant since being damaged in the 2015 floods.  It has been fully refurbished with a new kitchen, servery… Read more

Forging Ahead February 2019

Share your family treasures, hear how Ambrose Crowley ran his Ironworks, get arty with heritage, hear the story of feminist icon Mary Eleanor Bowes or learn about birds, bees and butterflies. We have a host of exciting events planned for the coming months, we hope you will find something to interest you in our latest… Read more

Breathing new life into old book

If you didn’t already know, the Land of Oak & Iron is a 177 km2 area surrounding the Derwent Valley including Consett, Rowlands Gill, Prudhoe and Whickham. It is rich in woodland and natural habitats to explore, with a wealth of wildlife to discover and enjoy, as well as being home to areas of great industrial… Read more

Celebrating Australia Day with charcoal making

Did you know, Australia Day was on Saturday 26th January? It’s a special day that will saw many Aussies across the Pacific Ocean light up the barbie as they celebrated their history and heritage.  But closer to home, volunteers in the Land of Oak & Iron have been learning heritage skills in managing woodlands, producing… Read more

Share your treasures at Love Our Heritage

Could you help us? We’re looking for people to bring items they own to a special event, where members of local history societies will be on hand to try and offer an insight into the items’ historical significance to the region, in a special Love Our Heritage event. It’s free to attend and will take… Read more

Look after your local river

Learn skills to help you care for your local stream or river with our colleagues at Tyne Rivers Trust. There are currently two training opportunities on offer, both are free. You will need to commit to using what you have learnt in the future. Adopt a Stream will teach you how to monitor water quality,… Read more

Modern skills for traditional management

Volunteers and woodland owners have learnt how to use a chainsaw safely, thanks to two training courses organised by us as part of our woodland restoration project. Peter Downes, our Access & Woodland Officer, recognised a need for these skills amongst the people he works with. Some of the regular volunteers, who give up their… Read more

Go wild for wildlife

Learn about some of our winged creatures, hear what conservationists are doing about dormice in the Derwent Valley or take a walk on the wild side with our very own Wildlife Group. Activities begin again in February with an indoor talk from a Butterfly Conservation Trust expert about the more common and rare species you… Read more