Welcome to the Duddon Valley Local History Group Website
Winners of the Marsh Award for Community Archaeology presented at the AGM of the Council for British Archaeology in London in November 2019
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.
Ken masterminded a nomination for Eleanor as Community Archaeologist of the Year and I submitted a nomination for the Award for Community Archaeology to cover the work we have done from R2R through the Longhouse Project and finally the DuddonDig. Both made the shortlist of three for this prestigious national award so Ken and I were thrilled to go down to London on the train meeting up with Eleanor at Lancaster.
As many of you already know, both nominations were winners and wecame back on the train with a cheque each. DVLHG is a thousand pounds better off so Bob is over the moon and Ken and I are coming up with lots of ideas on what to spend it on!
I haven’t found a single soul who admits to looking at these pages so I have abandoned the project for now as it involves a lot of work for neglible reward. Follow the link to see what you have missed! Previous Archives
Tracks in the Valley Project
The training session was never set up as other things got in the way. I shall send out a message in the New Year to get things going
The latest project for the group is to a detailed survey of all the tracks in the Duddon to record their features and provide a baseline for changes in the future. The organisation will be like the one we used in the R2R surveys with team leaders allocated to a section of the valley and working with a small team. If you are interested in being a group leader, let me knowas soon as possible as we are about to arrange a session for leaders to finalise the details of the survey objectives and planning paperwork. Contact email@example.com
Save the Day
On Saturday May 9th we are arranging a workshop and walk day at the Victory Hall. Drs Bill Shannon and Sarah Rose will bring along resources in the morning to show how to use old maps and documents to find out more of the history of our area following the work on the Town Trail leaflet. After lunch we will go down on to the mosses and look at how the landscape and settlement of Angerton has developed over the centuries. Hopefully, members will be inspired to form groups to extend our knowledge of the toewn and the valley
There will be a new programme for the next year, 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.
There are common sense measures we must take to protect each other now and so all our planned walks are suspended until further notice.