Archaeology and heritage will be brought to life through free events this summer

Posted: 11.06.12

Prehistoric carvings, nineteenth century mines and local history will feature in guided walks as archaeologists and historians share their experiences.

Historians and archaeologists working on different projects across the region will come together at the West Yorkshire Heritage Forum Meeting on Saturday, June 30, at the Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge. Starting at 10am the day includes presentations from Frank Woolrych, of Pennine Heritage; David Shepherd, of the South Pennine Archaeology Network; Andrew Marsh, of the National Trust; and members of South Leeds Archaeology.

Louise Brown, community archaeologist with rural regeneration company, Pennine Prospects, will also be speaking about her work in the area. She explained why the forum is a key event “This is a great way of finding out about other projects in the South Pennines. During the day people can get together and share their experiences and knowledge. It’s a great way of meeting people, getting involved and mixing with those working in different disciplines – everyone is welcome.”
The event will also include a walking tour of historic Hebden Bridge conducted by David Fletcher of Pennine Heritage.

Two events are being held as part of the Festival of British Archaeology. Volunteers from Groundwork will be telling the story of our industrial past by leading a walk across Todmorden Moor on Sunday, July 15. The following week, volunteers from the CSI (Carved Stones Investigation) Project will lead a guided walk on Sunday, July 22, to explore the mysterious carved rocks scattered across Rombalds Moor, above Ilkley. Along the way they will explain how they are making detailed recordings of the stones. The walk will set off from the Cow and Calf car park, Ilkley, at 10am and will take approximately two hours (booking required).

Louise said this would be an excellent way of finding out what the team has been doing. “This walk will give people a behind-the-scenes look at how the recording is being done. It offers us a different way of looking at the landscape.”

Funding for the CSI Project is being made available through the Watershed Landscape project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the South Pennines LEADER programme, (the Rural Development Programme for England), which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union, and managed by Pennine Prospects.

The events are free but booking is advisable. Details of the events can be found on the Watershed Landscape website at and booking information for the West Yorkshire Heritage Forum meeting can be found at

For more information on the Watershed Landscape please email Louise Brown or call 07582 101691.

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