West Yorkshire Heritage Forum Meeting 30th June 2012, 10:00-c.16:30 Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge HX7 8DG
|09:30||Arrival & Coffee|
|10:00||Welcome & Introduction to the West Yorkshire Heritage Forum Paul Boothroyd, Forum Co-ordinator & Mike Turpin, Forum Webmaster|
|10:20||Community Archaeology at work in the South Pennines – Watershed Landscape Project Louise Brown, Pennine Prospects|
|10:40||Pennine Horizons – A new HLF project based in Hebden Bridge Frank Woolrych, Pennine Heritage|
|11:30||Some New South Pennine Prehistory David Shepherd, South Pennine Archaeology Network|
|11:50||Recent work on charcoal stances at Hardcastle Crags South Leeds Archaeology|
|12:10||Title TBC Andrew Marsh, National Trust|
|12:30||Questions / Discussion|
|14:00||Walking tour of historic Hebden Bridge David Fletcher, Pennine Heritage|
Booking: Booking is not essential, but it would be helpful to know in advance if you will be attending.
Refreshments: Please bring your own lunch; tea and coffee will be provided.
Displays: There will be the opportunity for you to bring a display, leaflets, etc. to advertise your group / Project.
Parking: There is a car park at the Birchcliffe Centre.
Afternoon walk: The Birchcliffe Centre is sited part way up a steep hill. The walk will start at the Birchcliffe Centre at 14:00 and will meet at a designated place in the town at 14:30 for those of you who wish to drive down (be aware that parking in Hebden Bridge on a Saturday afternoon can be tricky). Please note that we will not be meeting back at the centre after the walk.
Archives: There will be the opportunity to take a tour of the impressive archives over lunch, or as an alternative to the walk.
The meeting was hosted in the Birchcliffe Centre which is currently being refurbished with Heritage Lottery Funding to provide learning and conferencing facilities. Several organisations provided displays illustrating their work within West Yorkshire.
WYAS who provided a tempting bookstall
After a welcome from Frank Woolrych to the Birchcliffe Centre, Paul and Mike introduced the WYHF and talked about this website.
The first speaker was Louise Brown from Pennine Prospects who provided us with a comprehensive overview of the activities associated with the Watershed Landscape Project. She was keen to point out that the whole idea was to get people actively involved and engaging them with the environment. She used the example where a volunteer carried out an aerial photo survey using his interest in model aircraft to illustrate the way in which heritage professionals can build upon the skills and knowledge brought to a project by volunteers.
Frank Woolrych told us about the history behind the Birchcliffe Centre and how the Pennine Horizons Project has evolved. The website is still work in progress but is certainly worth looking at. Pennine Horizons are planning a series of trails around the area and some are already up on the website. Other aspects of the project include the image archives and learning resources which are part of the chapel renovation programme.
David Shepherd offered us an interesting account of pre-history investigations in the South Pennines area and as he said the talk suggested more questions than provided answers. We were certainly left with the impression that there is a lot out there that still needs looking at!
Paul Boothroyd introduced the audience to the fascinating world of historic charcoal burning within a woodland environment. A topic which was probably quite new to the majority of the audience! A review of charcoal burning techniques was combined with the latest news on the work being carried out by volunteers from South Leeds Archaeology at Hardcastle Crags on behalf of the National Trust.
The morning was rounded off with a talk by Andrew Marsh describing the task of woodland management with particular reference to the Hardcastle Crags area. Not only did Drew explain why there is a need to actively manage woodland environments, he also provided an insight into the Flora and Fauna of the area.
We started off down in the square next to (but unfortunately not in!) one of the oldest packhorse inns looking at the modern sculpture of a fustian knife celebrating the textile industry in the Hebden Bridge Area.
David did provide a most interesting glimpse into Hebden Bridge’s history and after listening to him for a couple of hours we realised that we were only hearing a fraction of his encyclopedic knowledge of the area.
Overall the day was both informative and rewarding to those attending and our thanks go to the folks in Hebden Bridge who made it all possible. We can now start to plan and look forward to our next event in Mirfield and hope to see many of you there.