Building walls, community and skills…

A snapshot of what’s been happening as part of Spodden Valley Revealed recently:

Drystone Walling…

We joined forces with Analogue Farm for 10 days of drystone wall training for local volunteers with master craftsman, Alan Rhodes.   20 participants were able to develop this ancient skill, understand more about the material, and the landscape the walls inhabit. They join a growing group of volunteers with skills to help preserve this heritage landscape and the future Spodden Valley Revealed ecomuseum.

Feedback from participants was terrific:

‘Fantastic to be in nature and surrounded by spectacular scenery. I find it inspiring!’

‘As a newcomer to the area I am already gaining a whole appreciation of the culture and heritage of the area.’

‘I absolutely loved it. After years of wanting to do a course in dry stone walling it was amazing to be able to do it and learn the skill.’

‘Good opportunities to work together towards a common goal.’

Interested in developing similar skills or simply interested in knowing more about Spodden Valley Revealed? Please email Faye.


The Spodden Valley Explorers set a challenge at Rushcart 2018.   Held at the beginning of September, Rushcart is a well attended event, with around a thousand people attending. At its centre is a decorated cart, showcasing an impressive structure of heather, the cart is accompanied by local dance groups leading the procession to a final celebration at The Riverside.  Our SVR Senior Explorers joined the fun with a new challenge for 2018 which encouraged budding Explorers to look at the tradition of the Rushcart closer, finding answers to clues in order to achieve membership of the Explorers Club and to earn their own special membership badge. We were also delighted to host the marvellous Dr Whitworth who regaled his captivated audiences with exciting tales of Spodden Valley, all eager to hear more of the ghostly tales and valley adventures.  Look out for us at Rushcart 2019!


Stories of Spodden Valley Revealed – How to research and tell them…

The first of three free sessions hosted at Whitworth Museum saw volunteers invited to become researchers of local history for SVR.  It featured inspirational talks on the unique story of the Cotton Famine Road and the Munitions Factory at Healey Dell.  In the next session, the group will explore behind the scenes of the Museum’s collection, and learn how to use the catalogue system to further their investigations and tell those stories in new and engaging ways.

If you are interested in taking part in future sessions, please contact Faye for more information.


Artist Joins Archaeology Team

We are thrilled that David Chatton Barker joins us as an artist in residence for SVR. David will become an integral member of the archaeology team, and will focus on the evocative site at Brown Wardle, recording the work and helping to interpret the findings through audio, unique maps, performance and storytelling.  David is based in Whitworth, and over ten months will help investigate this medieval farmstead site.

David says, “I like to unearth and re-animate hidden aspects of our culture and arcane folklore through interactive performance, projection and sculpture.”

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