DVLHG was formed in the early 1990s and runs a programme of activities and talks for its members. Our five year long study of the whole valley has restarted extending the survey to cover areas not walked in earlier phases. Our findings led to our current major project with Oxford Archaeology North excavating three medieval longhouse sites near Seathwaite Tarn.
Welcome to the Duddon Valley Local History Group Website
We are now preparing to start our second season to uncover the secrets of Longhouse Close.
Follow our continuing survey work on the valley looking at the Corney Fell.
Find out about the sorts of walks we do.
Find out about the sorts of talks we put on.
Catch up on on our previous exploration and surveying in the valley.
Downloads and Publications
Read the reports of our activities and find out about the books we have published.
CHANGE OF DATE DUDDONDIG 2018
The Date for this year’s dig has had to put back by one week. It will now start on Saturday, June 16th and finish on Sunday, July 1st. The Training Day is unchanged on Sunday, June 3rd and the Open Day will still be on the middle Saturday, June 23rd.
Volunteers from the last two seasons should have received Registration Forms in the last week. If you have not received yours or you are a new volunteer contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further details on volunteering contact email@example.com
DuddonDig 2017 Presentation Evening
After the presentation of Peter’s certificate, Stephe gave an overview of the project with pics of all the volunteers for the benefit of a number of people in the audience that had only become involved recently. Jamie outlined the background to long houses/shielings and Jeremy talked about the dig and what we found. Then came Jamie to talk about the carbon-14 dates from samples that we sent off. We were hoping for something around 1000 but three dates came back with very similar dates in the Bronze Age. This has a number of possible explanations which we will have to investigate next year. It would be great if we could prove occupation from such an early date but we will need to show that the charcoal is not the result of clearing by burning across the whole site. Watch this space!
Our walking season has finished for this year. A new programme will be published for the AGM.
If you have ideas for a walk or want to lead a walk contact us through the Secretary – firstname.lastname@example.org
see Walks Page for Details.
25th April 2018: The Coniston Miniature Railway: Geoff Holme
see Talks Page for Details.