Brine in Britannia: Free Book Download

The COVID-19 health emergency and pandemic continues to severely affect the voluntary archaeology and heritage sector. Although many local societies are finding online ways of researching, training, and working, meetings and field work remain impossible, as do conferences and day schools. Amongst the many events postponed due to the current emergency are this year’s CBA…

Industrial Heritage Sector: Adaptations in Light of Covid-19

The following blog was written as part of the ‘Heritage Online Debates’ hosted by Historic England, which this month focuses on the impact of the Coivd-19 epidemic.  To get involved with the debate, and to read the other ten blogs, follow this link https://historicengland.org.uk/whats-new/debate/ The wider Industrial Heritage and Industrial Archaeology sector has been severely…

The Park Bridge Tramway

The Park Bridge tramway is one of several early colliery railways to be found on the Lancashire coalfield. 1.5 km long (just under a mile), and of 2ft 4in gauge, the horse-drawn tramway followed the eastern bank of the River Medlock and took wagon loads of coal from Rocher Vale colliery (SD 943 023), and…

Living on the Edge: Free Book Download

A volume that I helped to edit and write 21 years ago, entitled ‘Living on the Edge’, seems an appropriate book to revisit during the current health crisis; with so much of the population self-isolating life does really feel on an edge. The monograph is a collection of 10 papers from a conference about the…

Voluntary Archaeology Under Pressure

These are difficult times for the several thousand voluntary archaeology and heritage groups in the UK. Normal forms of interaction – monthly meetings, walks, tours, finds processing, library research, and field work – are all closing down as the CORVID-19 virus, and the measures needed to combat it, takes hold. At least three major surveys…

Timperley Old Hall Moat and its Water Supply

Late winter is one of the best times to view the large water-filled earthwork of Timperley Old Hall. The lack of undergrowth and leaves on the trees reveals the massive nature of the water-filled ditches, whilst the low afternoon sun reveals earthworks running to the east of the moat that might be connected with it.…