This month we bring you updates on our progress with moving to MS Teams as a video meeting platform and news about the release of new versions of our digital maps on the LOIT website. There is also news about a digital model of the Consett Steelworks site being construction by a local community group. We take a look a some art installations along the route of the C2C cycle route as it skirts the eastern edge of the Land of Oak & Iron and have details about a collection of digital images, including maps, which are being made available on-line by the British Library. View November edition.
This month we give an update on our arrangements for virtual meetings using the MS Teams platform and our Mills Team report on the findings of a field trip which they made before the latest round of lockdown came into force.
This month we turn the spotlight on the industrial past of Swalwell, and popular composer born there.
Our new edition of Thread of Iron is now available at local outlets and from our on-line store. See where to buy to find out where you can get a copy.
Would make a perfect Christmas present for anybody interested in the history of Shotley Bridge, Consett and the Derwent Valley.
Update 10th September 2020
We are just finalising our launch video which will Premiere on YouTube at 1:15pm on Saturday 12th September 2020. We will be issuing a link to our YouTube channel and you can check in any time after 1:00pm ready for the start at 1:15pm.
There are now have several outlets around the area where you will be able to pick up a copy of the book from Saturday afternoon. See where to buy.
We are delighted to join with the History of Consett Steelworks Project to have the launch of a new edition of Thread of Iron included in their events programme during the afternoon of Saturday 12th September 2020.
A video for the launch event is being prepared and we will share more information here in the near future. Call back regularly to find out details about how to view the video, what it will contain and where you can buy a copy of the new edition.
For now let us just tell you a little more about the book:
The year 2020 is the 40th anniversary of the closure of the Consett Steel
Works and it is fitting that we commemorate this milestone with the
publication of a new edition of Thread of Iron, written by Douglas
Vernon and first published by Able Press in 2003. As the sub-title
suggests, the author gives a wonderful “definitive history of Shotley
Bridge and Consett and district, County Durham with particular
reference to iron and steel making”.
Now in a smaller format to suit modern publishing standards the original text has been faithfully reproduced and shows how extensively the influence of activities in the area spread.
Mapping team progress report.
Feature: Spotlight on Ebchester.
Get involved: Help us with walking and cycling routes.
Read now: Between the Lines – July 2020
This month we explain changes that are taking place in the Land of Oak & Iron as the Landscape Partnership phase comes to a close and the Land of Oak & Iron Trust takes over some of the activities. There is important information for all volunteers, so we ask you to read it carefully. We also have news about a new system for meetings and the trials and tribulations of getting the digital map ready to publish.
Read now Between the Lines – June 2020.
We are busy setting up a new website for the Land of Oak & Iron Trust.
Over the next few months we will bring you news about our activities, publications and volunteering opportunities.
We thank you for your patience whilst we are establishing the new site and look forward to seeing you check-in to see our progress.