Digging deep to celebrate 10 years of the Lake District Archaeology Volunteer Network

Published on: 15 Mar 2023

A celebratory event was held recently to thank the dedicated team of volunteers who help look after the historic environment of the Lake District National Park through archaeological survey, research and conservation.

The English Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site is an area of national and international historical and cultural significance, and this team of volunteers has played a significant role in extending the knowledge of the Lake District’s archaeology and history.

The team consists of over 50 people who collectively give up over 320 volunteer days each year.

Over the last ten years the volunteers have:

  • archaeologically surveyed 2000 hectares of land;
  • helped to remove 50 sites from the Heritage at Risk register and
  • undertaken many conservation work parties at the Duddon Iron Furnace, Boot Mill, Rusland Tannery and various lime kilns, potash kilns and lead smelters.

Eleanor Kingston, the Lake District National Park Authority’s Lead Strategy Adviser for Historic Environment said:

“It’s astonishing to think that a group of local volunteers have had such a positive impact to protect historic sites throughout the Lake District World Heritage Site. Their achievements are immense, and we are extremely fortunate to have such a dedicated and knowledgeable group of volunteers, committed to supporting our historic environment work.

“If anyone is interested in joining our team, they can find out more information on Archaeology Volunteering : Lake District National Park and we’d be happy to have a chat with anyone who is keen to help us.”

A large slate furnace stack.

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