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Still time to apply for a grant!

The Land of Oak & Iron Community Grants are here to help bring the wonderful heritage of our area to life for local people, living in our communities. So far Land of Oak & Iron has supported nine projects, including Digital Voices who are bringing young and older people together to find old photos, spark… Read more

Book now for Land of Oak & Iron’s Local Groups Forum!

Land of Oak & Iron’s (LOI) first Local Groups Forum is being held on Saturday 1st April and will offer community groups and organisations an opportunity to find out how LOI can help and support them. It will also be a great way to meet other groups and promote their own activities. Full details of… Read more

Community Grants Programme

The next round of the Land of Oak & Iron Community Grants is now open with a deadline for applications of 28th April 2017. Grants are available to community groups and organisations, including schools, parish councils and Community Interest Companies, of between £500 – £2,000 for projects which bring the heritage of the beautiful Land… Read more

Heritage Centre Wins Heritage Lottery Grant

The Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre is close to reaching its fundraising target after being awarded a £656,000 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant. The Heritage Centre, which is to be built at Winlaton Mill, will be a community hub, providing a tourist attraction for visitors, exhibitions and interpretation about the fascinating local heritage,… Read more

Free tree planting for schools

The Woodland Trust are offering a week of free tree planting sessions for primary schools at their new woodland, Bale Hill Wood, near Allensford. The sessions are absolutely free, children will learn how to plant trees and the sessions will include links to the curriculum. As an incentive to get involved they are also offering… Read more

Life Stories Training in Gateshead

We are still looking for people who would like to take part in some free oral history training, in return they will be asked to help at one of the first workshops recording other people’s memories. The training is over two days, 12th and 26th January (both days must be attended) and will be held… Read more

Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre Interpretation Strategy Commission

The Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre project is progressing well; we are now looking to appoint a suitable qualified consultant or organisation to design and develop an Interpretation Strategy for the interpretation and exhibition materials within the Heritage Centre. The strategy needs to take a participatory approach drawing on local people’s expertise to… Read more

Land of Oak & Iron photo competition launched!

The Land of Oak & Iron photo competition has been officially launched with the production of our Christmas card, which we have recently sent out. The card shows a beautiful snowy image of Allensford taken by Land of Oak & Iron Volunteer Michael Hall, who lives at Castleside. We are looking for good quality photos… Read more

Sharing memories in the Derwent Valley

As part of the Creative Interpretation project, we are looking for local people who would like to share their memories of life in the Land of Oak & Iron through intergenerational activities. People of all ages are welcome to get involved in sharing memories or acting as interviewers to record the information, full training is… Read more

Forging Ahead November 2016 – Land of Oak & Iron Newsletter

The autumn edition is out now! Read all about the Lintzford fish pass project which was featured on BBC Look North and see images of fish successfully migrating up the Derwent for the first time in 300 years! You can also find out about other exciting project developments including the first archaeology dig, what the… Read more