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AIA Practical Weekend now part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage

The next AIA Practical Weekend is 7th – 8th April 2018

The AIA Council has decided to give Ironbridge a rest for the Practical Day in 2018 and instead to organise a whole weekend devoted to the study of mining landscapes based in Matlock Bath in Derbyshire, an aspect of industrial archaeology about which we have not done very much lately.

We are very fortunate to have secured the services of John Barnatt, just retired from his role as Senior Archaeologist with the Peak District National Park and former winner of Britain’s premier archaeology award, the Silver Trowel Award, for his work on the remains of the lead industry.

The event has been added to the programme of the industrial heritage theme month on mining and metals (April) of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

The weekend will include a visit to the splendid Peak District Mining Museum in Matlock Bath and its adjacent Temple Mine; the surface remains of Magpie Mine, run by the Peak District Mines Historical Society; and an exploration of other mining landscapes in the area, with an underground visit to one of the local caverns which were exploited for minerals including the famous Blue John.

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