South Pennines History Group Conference

Hywel presenting his research on the history of charcoal production in Knotts Wood, Cornholme
Hywel presenting his research on the history of charcoal production in Knotts Wood, Cornholme

On Saturday we celebrated the launch of the Celebrating Our Woodland Heritage project as part of the South Pennines History Group Day School hosted by Pennine Heritage at the Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge.

The event was well attended and consisted of a morning of short lectures detailing the importance of woodland heritage, archaeology and ecology; as well as the aims of the Celebrating Our Woodland Heritage project.

Chris discussing the enclosed fields within the woods of Hardcastle Crags
Chris discussing the enclosed fields within the woods of Hardcastle Crags

In the afternoon Chris Atkinson with support from Hywel Lewis and Jill Thompson of the University of Bradford led a walk around an area of Hardcastle Crags.  The walk served to introduce individuals to the numerous types of archaeological features that can be found within a woodland environment, all of which can shed light on a woodlands history and use.

Everyone linking hands to illustrate the scale of a charcoal burning platform hiding under the ferns
Everyone linking hands to illustrate the scale of a charcoal burning platform hiding under the ferns

Thank you to the speakers Professor Ian Rotherham, Dr Jill Thompson and Hywel Lewis

A huge thank you to the staff of Pennine Heritage for hosting such a great event and for providing such a lovely lunch 🙂

2 comments

  1. This was a fabulous day with absolutely fascinating talks & a lovely walk. Ancient woodland suddenly has new meaning. Thanks to all.

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