Park Bridge Ironworks: Engaging with Industrial Heritage on the rural fringes of Manchester – a Twitter Paper

At the beginning of July the I was lucky enough to be involved with ‘Shaped by Steel’ twitter conference run by the ‘Social Worlds of Steel‘ project at Swansea University. Nine sessions and 27 papers spread over two days (1st to 2nd July 2020) covered topics ranging from landscapes, place, and worker identities to climate…

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…

Digging Worsley Green

On the 29th November 2019 a small ceremony was held to mark the opening of the new public viewing platform and interpretation boards at Worsley Delph. This was the culmination of more than five years work to open up The Delph and improve access to the Bridgewater Canal through the city of Salford. Th origin…