Coniston Copper Project
The Coniston Copper Heritage Lottery Funded project progressed well last year. Conservation work has been completed on some of the structures, including the Thriddle Incline, a nineteenth century dry stone structure which supported a set of rollers carrying pumping rods from the New Engine Wheel to the Bouncy Mine level, which in turn served to pump out the horizons of Flemings, Taylor and Deep levels. The dry stone walling – all undertaken by hand, has been completed.
One of the few places where you can see largely unaltered eighteenth century remains on site is Bonsor East, a wheel pit and associated structures which pumped out the Bonsor East shaft. The conservation work, including stone walling and the removal of spoil and fallen masonry, has been completed to an extremely high standard and we are looking forward to the conservation contractor returning in the Spring to complete the rest of the work on site.
We completed an archaeological survey of Penny Rigg Copper Mill, a single phased nineteenth century ore dressing and processing plant associated with Tilberthwaite Copper Mine. Volunteers assisted on all aspects of the survey, gaining lots of new survey and building recording skills and having lots of fun.
There are a number of other volunteering opportunities available, including research, conservation and guiding training. If you would like to find out more please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01524 65206 to find out more.
Keep your eye peeled for more activities that will be taking place in the coming months. Activities include projects with Coniston CofE school, mining heritage events and developing new interpretation.