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Crop to Crust II - SPAB Mills Section conference 8th October 2016

The Mills Section in partnership with the Real Bread Campaign and the Traditional Cornmillers Guild is delighted to be hosting the second Crop to Crust event, at Sacrewell Watermill, Thornaugh, Near Peterborough.

Whether you are a farmer interested in growing wheat for traditional mills, someone involved in traditional milling, or a baker - domestic, artisan or commercial - Crop to Crust II is the event for you!

Building on the success of the first Crop to Crust conference in 2011, Crop to Crust II will focus on the links from farmer to mill to baker to consumer today, and will celebrate the role that Britain's traditional windmills and watermills are playing in helping change rural life the quality and value of our most essential staple food: bread.

This conference is about how traditional mills can enhance the sustainability of rural communities by sourcing more food locally, developing specialist varieties and breeds of wheat, maintaining biodiversity, ensuring best fit to local soil and climate, and making the maximum possible use of renewable energy. We will share the success stories of farmers, millers and bakers working together to produce fantastic wheat, flour and breads with great provenance - local food for local people!

Join us to hear presentations from leading farmers, milers, bakers and writers, share your passion with fellow delegates in our Q&A sessions, come and explore Sacrewell Watermill and enjoy baking demonstrations using the wood-fired oven of its 19th-century bakehouse. Chew on some thought-provoking ideas, meet new suppliers and sample a range of delicious breads made by talented artisan bakers who will be joining us.

£42.50 with lunch / £35 without lunch

Time: Registration from 10am, conference begins at 10.30am.
Venue: Sacrewell Heritage Farm, Thornhaugh, Peterborough PE8 6HJ - just off the A1 near Peterborough. Nearest railway station is Peterborough.

For all enquiries or to book by credit card over the phone, please contact Sophie at the Mills Section on 020 7456 0909 (Tuesdays to Thursdays only).

Wigton Heritage at Risk Survey Volunteering opportunity

Would you like to be involved in surveying the conservation area and its historic buildings in Wigton, to help record their condition and contribute towards updating the information on Historic England's website?
Come along and find out how you can help with this project. A training session is being held on the 15th September at 3pm in Wigton Methodist Chapel. No experience necessary as full training will be given.
See the poster below for more information.

poster about volunteering opportunity

Former Council Chambers, Frizington - Drop in Sessions at Frizington Library

Two drop in sessions are being held on Monday afternoons on the 12th and 19th of September at Frizington Library to guide the future use of the former Council Chambers in Frizington. We are hoping that members of the public will come along and share their ideas for the future use of the building, as well as their memories of how the building was used in the past.
Drop in between 2 and 4.30pm on both Monday afternoons.
See the poster below for more information.

poster describing event on 12th and 19th september 2016

SPAB Church Maintenance Training Sessions

The SPAB is holding a series of training sessions through their Maintenance Co-operative Project in Cumbria. Sessions are held at various churches throughout Cumbria and on a variety of topics. For more information on upcoming training sessions see the Training Events page of the website.

Volunteering opportunity for Force Crag Mine, Machinery conservation project

The National Trust as looking for ten volunteers to help out with a machinery conservation project in the heart of the Cumbria during the week of 12th - 16th September.
This is a fantastic opportunity to work alongside conservation engineering firm Context Engineering and help to preserve the machinery inside the mine, at Coledale, near Keswick. If you have 5 consecutive days spare from 12th - 16th September, and are fascinated by mining, engineering or machinery, see the full details below and apply.

Free Guided tours of Warwick Bridge Corn Mill, 13th July 2016

people listening to guide

Have you been wondering what's happening at the mill now that scaffolding is in place? Join us for a guided tour and learn the history of the site, see the works currently underway, and hear about our plans for the future.
Tours at 12,1,2,3.30, 5 and 6pm. Pre-booking essential.
Ring or email to book your space. Admin@nect.org.uk or 0191 232 9279

Traditional Farm Buildings of the Solway Plain

we are at the start of an exciting project working with the Solway Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme to record the traditional farm buildings that still exist in the Solway Plain. We are hoping that local people with an interest in the traditional architecture of this area will join us in recording those buildings that still exist.

following on from the successful training sessions in Wigton, we are holding another session on 7th July at 12.00 at Silloth Library. If you would like to join us, please ring us on 01912329279 or email admin@nect.org.uk to book your place.

Local History Exhibition, Warwick Bridge Primary School 4th June

Warwick Bridge and District Local History Group are holding an exhibition in Warwick Bridge Primary School sharing their oral history recordings of local people and historic maps, photos, census and archive material.
Come along and find out more about the local area and activities - there will also be information on progress on the Warwick Bridge Corn Mill restoration project and the HLF funded repair works to Our Lady and St Wilfrid's Catholic Church.

The event is free of charge and open to everyone. 10.00 am - 3.30 pm

Great British Mill Race - launch by Mills Archive this weekend

Launching at the 2016 SPAB National Mills Weekend (14-15 May) and ongoing from then.
The Great British Mill Race is a chance for you to help us document the mills and historic mill sites of the UK.

We are proud to host a huge database of over 10,621 mills and historic mill sites from all over the UK. As you can imagine - keeping this information up to date, adding new mills and images of mills is an enormous challenge!

This is why we are inviting you to join the Great British Mill Race by uploading photographs and comments to a web form hosted on our website, relating to mills you have seen or visited all over the UK. We’re fully mobile ready so you can join the Mill Race using your smartphone whenever and wherever you spot a mill. This information will be used to update and improve our existing Mills Database.

Full details can be found through the poster link below

Royal visitor joins NECT for its 50th anniversary celebration

North of England Civic Trust was delighted to welcome its Patron, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, to Maryport on 27th April 2016. The occasion marks the first royal visit to Maryport for eighteen years, and is the climax of NECT’s 50th birthday celebrations. His Royal Highness visited Camp Farm and met teachers, children, archaeologists and local people at Maryport Infant and Junior Schools.
Camp Farm forms part of the internationally significant Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site, with archaeological remains of Roman military and civilian life buried beneath the fields. The site also boasts amazing views over the beautiful Solway Firth, and the derelict buildings of the model farm built by the Senhouse family in the 1860s.

children meeting Royal Visitor at their school

First Roman Games at Ewanrigg a resounding success

The first Roman Games festival at Ewanrigg was held over the weekend of 8th - 10th April and was deemed a resounding success by all who took part. The weekend of activities was enjoyed by many residents and the chariot race on Sunday had over 40 participants and featured some very creative chariots and costumes. Everyone is now looking forward to next year's event.
Visit the Ewanrigg website and watch their film on youtube.

First Schools visit to Camp Farm Maryport

Wednesday 9th March saw the first school visits to Camp Farm with children from the Maryport Joint Schools Council meeting in the Bothy at the farm. Ten teachers and twenty pupils gathered together to learn a little about the farm and the site, and to start thinking how they would like to be involved in its future, and what ideas they had for the buildings.

school children at Camp Farm

Creative and Cultural Skills Awards 2016

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for an award at this year's Creative and Cultural Skills Awards for the Engineering Heritage Skills Initiative. Congratulations to all the team members and thanks for the support from Tyne and Wear Museums.

The awards will shine a light on those who are making a difference by passing on their skills by leading training and talent development schemes, mentoring or coaching formally or informally, or by being an inspirational manager or sector leader. It is also an opportunity to award individuals who have shown excellence in skills development in the creative industries.

The Awards presentation took place on 2nd March and although we didn't win an award the evening was a great success showcasing the strength of creative and cultural skills training that is happening throughout Great Britain.

For a round up of award winners see the awards webpage here

Trinity House, Newcastle upon Tyne hosts Award Ceremony for Heritage Skills Initiative

Wednesday afternoon, 3rd February, saw the Corporation of Trinity House, Newcastle upon Tyne kindly hosting the local award ceremony and presentation of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Award 2015 to NECT's Heritage Skills Initiative.
We were delighted that the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear was able to join us for the event, along with representatives from the North East Historic Environment Forum, Funders, participants and demonstrators who had been involved throughout the project.

First School Visit to Warwick Bridge Corn Mill

Group of school children stood outside the corn mill12th January 2016.
This week we welcomed 5 classes of children from Warwick Bridge Primary School to look around the Corn Mill for the very first time. The children were fascinated by the milling machinery which is still in situ at the mill and were keen to learn more about how the site used to operate. The whole school has now visited the site and pupils will be working on projects relating to the mill and milling, with an end of term presentation event in February.

Coastal Revival Fund Success

barn showing door openings

We are delighted to announce that we are one of the 77 successful projects to be funded through the government's Coastal Revival Fund.
The Coastal Revival Fund grant will help make the derelict farmstead safe to enable NECT to involve the public from the very start of the journey that will lead to the restoration of the model farm and making the Roman site one of West Cumbria’s landmark assets.
Over the coming months NECT will use the grant to undertake urgent repairs to the most
vulnerable historic buildings and create a ‘base camp’ in the former bothy so that groups
can experience the site while it is still in its raw state. Activities will involve learning about
how to survey historic buildings, including both history and habitat, to generating ideas
about the site’s future. Cumbria has a number of important model farms from when
agriculture was being modernised in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Camp
Farm was created by the Senhouse family but while it was a working farm it was not open
to the public – until now. Learning firsthand from a real life model farm about how
agriculture shaped life and fed the folk of Maryport will be a valuable new experience. The
Roman world and then the Senhouse family are chapters in the story of the link between
fort and port, farm and family – a story to tell the visitor to Maryport.

The full list of the successful bids is available on the DCLG press release, which you can see on this link here

50th anniversary banner and two people

Warwick Bridge Corn Mill project receives HLF support

North of England Civic Trust is excited to announce that it has been awarded a grant of £1,379,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards its ambitious £2m project for the historic corn mill in Warwick Bridge.

Warwick Bridge Corn Mill dates from the early 1800s and is listed Grade II*. It has appeared on Historic England's At Risk Register for 15 years.

Links to the full press release and media coverage below.

Funding news: we have recently been awarded grants from Historic England, the Headley Trust and the Garfield Weston Foundation towards the Corn Mill project leading us nearer to our ambitious £2M total for the project and enabling work to commence on site to protect the building from the worst of the winter weather. Our thanks to all who have supported us so far. If you would like to support our project please get in touch!


Heritage Skills Initiative Wins European Award!

Heritage Skills Initiative has won an EU/Europa Nostra Cultural Heritage award under the Education, Training and Awareness-Raising category. The 28 award winners, selected from 263 applications submitted by organisations and individuals from 29 countries, are honoured for outstanding achievements in four categories: 1) conservation, 2) research and digitization, 3) dedicated service to heritage, and 4) education, training and awareness-raising.

Since its foundation, Heritage Skills Initiative has delivered 150,000 hours of training and engagement with over 37,000 people. Its activities range from Taster Days, master classes, lectures, conferences to a variety of tailor-made events; also there have been 11 building bursaries of over 6 months’ duration and 53 heritage engineering bursaries of 12 months’ duration. 91% of the engineering trainees continued into heritage and engineering employment. 40% of the participants for practical hands-on training are women. In addition, nearly 500 children between 13 and 15, from 25 schools, have taken part in the programme.

For more information about the awards and the other category winners, please see the press release below.