ALL EVENTS START AT THE ASSAY HOUSE AT THE SMELTING MILL – unless another location is given. For Information – 01388527532. You must have a BCA membership card ( and bring it with you – if not a NMCS member).
SAFETY: NMCS provides gloves and safety helmets for outdoor work. You must provide your own safety footwear if you are planning to be involved in any work where your feet may be vulnerable to injury.
Wednesday 5th December – Site Working Day
We have steel to install for the Gunpowder store door, a new door lock for the Assay House, more fleece to wrap the concrete compressor foundations, and archiving photos.
There will also be a showing of the videos made for the 5GRIT project – Tim Crump of the AONB team will be with us in the afternoon.
It is also Christmas Lunch day – bring your contributions. Lunch at 1230.
Wednesdays throughout the year – unless shown as cancelled on this page – site working days.
Updated 23rd November 2018: Watch this page for new dates.
Wednesday 14th November 2018.
Today we wrapped up the concrete compressor beds to give them winter frost protection. The concrete is being damaged by the winter frosts and this is an interim solution until were can design a better method. The sandbags were filled with gravel that has washed onto the site during heavy rainfall, so we are recycling waste materials into something more useful.
Wednesday 17th October was a different day. We took detailed measurements of POW fencing because we are considering using the metal sections to replace the existing wood fence around the smelting mill. The measurements showed that the fence could be replaced from the Assay House corner to the gate just past the compressor concrete bases.
The bent handrail at Carrs Mine exit was also measured in order to produce the replacement handrail. Nearby, the river bed waterfall plunge poll was cleared of boulders and the roadside culverts checked. Both had been affected by recent heavy rains.
The redundant gate from P.O.W. was removed, modified and installed at the south end of the smelt mill footbridge – now possible to take visitors into south side of the mill site.
The gatekeeper mine wagon was given another coat of yellow paint, and the switching arrangements for the Stagg condenser model were changed to make more them accessible.
We also provided a Carrs Mine tour for six visitors, two of whom went on to have an afternoon Ballroom trip.
The Allendale bargain book was also finally photocopied ( at Alston Library) so that the book could be transcribed in full.
Slow progress continues here. Temporary steel supports in the roof fall are advancing. The recent heavy rains have shifted more of the shaft fill and filled up the excavated area. The next dig session will be on 21st October.
You can take an underground tour of Carrs Mine, see our displays of minerals, mining equipment and historic photographs. Then round your visit off with tea, coffee and homemade cakes. We also offer a visit to the top of the Brewery Shaft where you can stand on the platform above the 100 metres drop.
CARRS MINE TRIPS AND SITE OPEN DAYS IN 2018
We have now completed our programme for 2018. Our 2019 Opening Days will be posted here. We are closed for Mine Trips from November through to March. You are welcome to visit us on site on Wednesdays when our volunteer team may be working on maintenance.
Our mine trips take about 90 minutes. We provide lamps and helmets. We recommend that you wear outdoor clothing and footwear. The mine is usually dry underfoot. We welcome all children who can walk and climb stairs – we don’t take babes in arms underground.
We recommend booking in advance to get a mine trip – Call 07519836019 or email email@example.com to book your place.
You can just turn up on the day – we often have places available. Check by phoning 07519836019.
Donations for Visits
We ask for a donation of £5 per person. We are a cash or cheques operation.
All your donations go towards the conservation of the Nenthead Mines site. We are an All-Volunteer operation.
The Society can also arrange custom group visits to Carrs Tourist Mine throughout the year. (We are closed from November through to March).
A minimum of eight people is needed to confirm a booking for a custom visit, subject to a volunteer guide being available. To discuss a date, please either send us an email – firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07519836019 . We usually need two weeks notice of your proposed date.
HOW TO GET TO NENTHEAD MINES
We are at Nenthead, near Alston, in Cumbria. The postcode for our site entrance road is CA9 3NR. Click on the map for a larger view. Follow the brown tourist signs from the A689, do not stop in the first car park – follow the trackway alongside the river.
The Nenthead Mines Conservation Society is a volunteer charity which cares for, manages and maintains this historic site. Most of the site is owned by Cumbria County Council and is operated on their behalf by the Society. We need your help to look after this wonderful valley.
How does the Society operate?
We are a voluntary charitable incorporated organisation ( number 1166281) that raises money to maintain and look after the valley. A copy of the Governing document is here: NMCS Governing Document.
HOW CAN I JOIN THE SOCIETY?
Follow the link below to join the Society online, or choose another method.
Ask for a copy of the Application form to be sent to you: send a self addressed stamped envelope to: NMCS, c/o 14 Kirk Rise, Frosterley, Bishop Auckland, DL13 2SF. UK
Visit us on Open Days: if you want to know more, come and visit on an Open Day or on one of our Members Working Days.
You can gift aid donations to the Society. The gift aid form can be downloaded from here: Charity Gift Aid Declaration
Recent hot weather has slowed down our work programme, but we have achieved some objectives. Here is a summary from 27th June to 18th July.
Conserving the EIMCO loader and a mine wagon: both items have been coated with rust preventing chemicals and the loader has been partly undercoated. Audrey has been responsible for most of this work.
Rewiring the Barracks: the upstairs ring main and the boiler main have been installed and are working. Thanks to Colin for this task.
Lighting the Display Cabinets: Andy and Anne have built custom led lights for most of the display cabinets, and have almost completed this task.
Repairing the Dowgang footpath fence: ChrisB, Alec, Graham, Martyn and Rosemary have rehung the gate and started on fixing the fence across the burn. Erica, who lives nearby, has donated a length of mesh for the fence repair.
Arch repairs in Carrs Mine: The floor level arch for the old lower adit has been walled by Jim.
Stagg Wheelpit: Sheila has logged the vegetation within the safety fence, and has done a first draft of the SMC application for conservation work on the timbers.
Building signs and Noticeboards: Repainted in a new shade of green, by Rachel, Nicola, Sheila and Joyce.
Stray fridge; that had been dumped in Dowgang Hush recovered and recycled by ChrisB and Graham.
Thompson’s Level: old shaft top fence repaired, level entrance cleared of vegetation, rails covered with ply, and the dump bund rebuilt. Leif, Allan, Greg, ChrisC, Nick, Rosemary and Joyce were all involved. ChrisC repaired the gate by welding.
Archive: a start made with the Coldberry pay sheets by Margaret.
Carrs Shop and Barracks Windows: have had some white paint recoated by Pete and Graham.
We have also had visits from the Nenthead Chapel team, and the pupils from Nenthead School.
This gallery contains 2 photos.