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.
The DuddonDig has been a community archaeology project from the Duddon Valley Local History Group overseen by Oxford Archaeology North, with the support of the Lake District National Park and the National Trust with a major funding contribution from the heritage Lottery Fund.
I’ve been doing a lot of the administration over the three years and have been putting together some final statistics to quantify the contribution that our volunteers have made to the dig.
In total, there were to have been 48 digging days and we lost just one full day and three half days due to the weather. This was helped by the fantastic 2018 summer and contrasts with the 2007 dig higher up the fellside where it rained just about every singe day.
There were 788 volunteer days altogether from 106 different volunteers and 9 members of the steering group. 43 came for all three seasons and 43 for just one of the years. As you would expect, 82% of the volunteer days came from Cumbrian addresses. One came from Sweden and one came up from Ascot for two seasons before moving up to work in Cumbria for the final year. Of the “Cumbrians”, 56% were from South Lakeland and 30% from the other side of the Duddon in Copeland.
Many thanks to everyone involved from those who gave us money and materials to those who helped out in so many different ways. We await the scientific results with great interest.
Presentation of results:
There will be a presentation on the DuddonDig Our own evening at the Victory hall in Broughton in Furness at 19:00 on Tuesday 6th November. There will also be a session about the dig at the Archaeological conference in Rheged on Saturday 10th November.
This year there is a very varied programme, with something to suit everyone. If you intend to go, please contact the Leader at least the day before stating where you will meet. In the event of very bad weather confirm with leader on the day to see if the walk is going ahead.
NB. Start times vary.
29th September 2018 – An Ulpha Circuit
Ken Day 716113
10:00 Broughton Square; 10:30 Ulpha Bridge
Quaker burial site, quarries, ghostly farmstead, and more
5.5 miles easy to moderate with one short steepish section
see Walks Page for details of the walks programme.
A History of Mining in the Lake District National Park
Mark Hatton – An experienced mine explorer presents an illustrated history of what has happened below the surface of the fells
see Talks Page for details of the talks programme.