The project area was instrumental in the production of iron internationally during the Industrial Revolution and responsible for the creation of Teesside.
Our project will discover, catalogue, promote and conserve our Industrial Heritage whilst enhancing the natural environment within a defined area encompassing Guisborough Woods, Waterfall Beck and Skelton Beck to Skelton Mill. We will conduct physical assessments of historic mining and quarrying sites, at Spa, Belmont, Hutton, Skelton shaft, Skelton Park and Slapewath mines. This will include documenting and reporting their current condition and making recommendations for priority preservation. This will include identifying and assessing weirs within Alumworks Beck, Waterfall Beck and Skelton Beck and the condition of the Skelton historic mill race, which is purported to be the longest in England. We will identify the impacts of mining on the aquatic and riparian environment and prioritise areas in need of improvement, in order to better the natural environment. This will be achieved utilising a wealth of enthusiastic volunteers and partners who will participate in a wide range of conservation and heritage activities. We will provide an Industrial Heritage Forum, and open source database, educational resources and participation events.
The project will focus on undertaking studies of baseline conditions of Industrial archaeology and mine legacies and will conclude with a final report and recommendations for future works.
Our study will be headed by a project officer along with support from officers of the Redcar and Cleveland Borough Councils Environmental Protection Team.