23rd JULY – Best Open Day this year!

Sunday 23rd July was a very successful Open day.  Despite cloud and rain, we ran seven trips into Carrs Mine and entertained 58 visitors underground. Cakes, tea and coffee all in great demand.

None of this would have been possible without our Volunteer team who provided receptionists, served tea and cakes, washed the crockery, guided visitors underground and added new artefacts to our interpretation (amongst many other tasks).

 

VOLUNTEERING WEDNESDAYS IN JULY

Wednesday 19th July: cataloguing artefacts stored at Hodgsons High Level Mine Shop.

Wednesday 26th July: sorting out the Power of water structure following removal of waterwheels. Running repairs to plumbing… Shifting debris from the smelt mill, and a host of other jobs.

Members Trip into Smallcleugh Mine Saturday 22nd July

If you have never been into Smallcleugh Mine, this is the trip for you.  We will be starting at 1015hrs from the Assay House and will travel through the Smallcleugh Flats to the famous Ballroom Flat.  On the way, we will see crosscuts, veins, different types of flat workings, doors, hoppers and railways.

The first section of the journey has water about 0.5 metres deep and after that the journey is mainly dry. There are long sections of walking and some sections of crawling. Gloves and knee pads will be very helpful! Clothes will become wet, dusty and dirty.  Strong walking or work boots are best- whatever you wear will get wet and dirty.

Everyone needs to carry a spare lamp,food and water in a rucksack  – you need your hands free for the journey. Worth noting that there are no toilets underground.

The time underground will be about four hours.  You need to be able to walk at a steady pace, crawl on rocks, squeeze through one or two tight places – and be generally able to cope with these conditions.

The Society has some helmets and lamps which can be borrowed. if you want a lamp and helmet, you MUST book in advance by speaking to Peter Jackson either by phone 077118385646 or via email    admin@nentheadmines.com.