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A look forward at all of the events we have coming up for Summer 2015 and beyond; festivals, discovery days and community digs galore!
If you want to book a place for any of the events below, or need more information, please email email@example.com or call/text 07825 044379.
What's coming up for the Revealing Oldknow's Legacy Project in Summer 2015!
What did Oldknow's Lime Kilns look like? How did they work? What were they used for? What's planned for them now?
For answers to all of these questions and more join us on Saturday the 23rd of May for guided tours around the Kilns every half hour between 11am & 2.30pm, with family friendly tours suitable for ages 5+ at 11.30 and 2pm
After your tour you can learn more about the Kilns at the Social & Forces Club, where there will be activites for all the family and more information on how you can get involved in the Revealing Oldknow's Legacy Project; cold drinks will be available to buy and we're keeping our fingers crossed for sunshine so why not plan a picnic by the side of the canal to top off a perfect day!
To find the site search SK6 6BX on your SatNav/online map.
Have you ever fancied yourself the next member of Time Team? Do you want to learn more about local history in a way that's more active than reading a book? Then come and get your hands dirty at this Festival of Archaeology event at Mellor Mill near the Roman Lakes.
Meet our experts and get stuck in to some archaeology, explore the Mellor Mill excavations on a free guided tour, and enjoy fun, hands-on activities for all the family between 11am - 4pm.
If you're looking for something to do with the kids during the summer holidays that gets you all outdoors, working together, learning about your local heritage, and is a little bit 'different', then book the Family Dig is for you!
Book onto one of our 9am – 12noon or 1pm – 4pm slots and you'll be learning new skills, getting involved in the digging and help us to uncover the remains of Mellor Mill near the Roman Lakes in Marple. Who knows what you might discover…!
Suitable for ages 4+ - for more information visit the Festival of Archaeology website
Can you help us excavate the final part of Samuel Oldknow’s Mellor Mill? No experience needed, just a willingness to get involved in this community project and an interest in local history. Enjoy the team spirit, learning more about where we live, and the possibility of an interesting find on this expert-led dig… who knows what you might discover!
9am – 4pm daily; suitable for 16+, and ages 12 – 15 with supervision.
Just as with our Community Digs at the Mill, this is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in our Revealing Oldknow Project and learn some new skills by helping to excavate and uncover the Lime Kilns - more information to come nearer the time!
Join us on an exciting journey around Samuel Oldknow's stomping ground, Mellor Mill and the Peak Forest Canal in Marple…
Mellor Archaeological Trust and the Canal & River Trust have joined forces to secure £2.3 million of investment, including a grant of £1.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Over the next three years, the Revealing Oldknow’s Legacy team will reveal, conserve and interpret Oldknow’s legacy, through archaeology, learning and volunteering opportunities. We're going to put Marple on the map as a visitor destination.
So who is Samuel Oldknow and what’s the big deal? Read our blog posts to find out more.