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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.

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Latest News

At the end of the summer DVLHG decided to make two nominations for the Marsh Awards for Community Archaeology – see the information on the CBA website. 

marsh award to DVLHG 2019
Nomination for group activities from R2R to DuddonDig won top prize

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!

Archive News

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 duddondig@gmail.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

Walks Programme

 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.

Thurs 23rd Jan 2020: Seathwaite Ramble – NOTE this was incorrectly listed as a Saturday originally

Gail Batten 716840

Historic homes, school, church. 4m easy

10:00 Broughton Square 10:30 Seathwaite Village Hall

 

see Walks Page for details of the walks programme.

 

Talks Programme

Next Talk

January 22nd, 2020 A Short History of Walking the Fells – Stephe Cove

Exploration in the Lakes from stone axes to Goretex

see Talks Page for details of the talks programme.

 

 

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