WINTER WORKING – November to February

Despite the winter weather, we have continued to work on site. One outstanding task was to make the Power of Water structure safer. We have removed one section of stairway and fenced the resulting gap. At the hill end of the walkway, the decking and joists have been removed and fenced off.  The steel work has been stored for a future fence round the smelting mill and the timber has gone into Carrs Mine to extend the decking. We also cleared the debris, litter, beer cans, pop bottles and other rubbish which seems to accumulate under the structure.

In Carrs Mine, we have extended the space at the zinc mining site by both removing some of the deads pile and by extending the decking walkway.  This opens up a good view of a galena vein in the level wall and gives us more space for visitors. The old safety barrier of large timbers has been taken out and stored, and has been replaced by a replica mine ventilation door.

The boiler in the Assay House has been replaced by a new boiler.  Your Trustees decided that the existing boiler was life expired. The new boiler already shows much greater heating efficiency and hot water is now readily available. A professional installer  supplied and fitted the boiler – our volunteer effort was to install the heating controls.

The smelt mill viewing seat has been cleaned and repainted – it now awaits new timber slatting. The Eimco loader has been examined and the new wheel nut fitted.

We have inspected Brewery Shaft underground and started to plan some safety enhancements.

We purchased some more archive storage boxes and now have all our plans and drawings stored and catalogued. The index to plans will soon be on our website. The NPHT meeting reports have now been sorted and filing is almost complete. Thoughts are now turning to photos and slides.

The Assay House has been regularly cleaned. We have had some  winter weekend visitors which has boosted our income.

(Click on the images for a larger view)

Measuring and cutting the timber for the Ventilation Door

Installing the Ventilation Door



2017 Volunteer Work Days


All Wednesdays are members volunteer work days on site at Nenthead. Very occasionally we may cancel a Wednesday work day if the snow is too deep – check before you travel by phoning 07702538709 and speak to our Volunteer Coordinator, Joyce Jackson.


2nd April

14th May

11th June

2nd July

30th July

20th August

24th September

15th October


We aim to organise projects during the year. This will mean that we may organise Volunteer work days in addition to Wednesdays and Sundays.  Watch this website for more details. This page will also be updated.