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Exmoor Archaeology Forum on the story of Victorian Iron Mining on the Brendon Hills

Three miners in front of Timwood adit in 1908
This year's Exmoor Archaeology Forum is to be held at the Ralegh's Cross Inn on Thursday 22 October and will be exploring the 19th century iron mining of the Brendon Hills through the work of the West Somerset Mineral Railway Project.  This is the ninth in a series of events looking at the archaeology and history of Exmoor.


The iron mining of the Brendon Hills is one of Exmoor National Park’s most outstanding industrial legacies. Over the last two years a consortium of organisations and individuals have worked – with Heritage Lottery Fund support – to conserve and make accessible aspects of this heritage. The 9th Exmoor Archaeology Forum will focus on the history of this industrial landscape: the day will comprise a series of illustrated talks by some of those involved in the Project and a choice of field trips to examine some of the sites on the ground.


Field trips on offer include a visit to Chargot Woods and The Incline with a visit to recently conserved sites on the Brendon Hills or a ‘behind the scenes’ look at sites on the Brendon Hills, a visit to The Incline and to Watchet Market House Museum and Watchet West Pier.


The conference fee is £15 which includes coffee, tea and a sandwich lunch.  Rob Wilson-North, Historic Environment Manager said: "There has been a tremendous amount of interest in the West Somerset Mineral Railway project and this is a really good opportunity for people to learn more about the remarkable history of the Brendon Hills as well as the work of the Project."


The closing date for applications is Thursday 15 October 2009 and a detailed programme and booking form can be downloaded below.  To book contact Wendy King, Exmoor National Park Authority, Exmoor House, Dulverton, Somerset TA22 9HL; email: WAKing@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk or phone 01398 323665.


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