Get Involved

Feature Volunteers prepare Oldknow Display at Stockport Library

Get involved with a great project!

There are loads of ways to get involved and support our work in Marple and Mellor.

If you have time to spare, skills to share, or want to learn something new, then get in touch with us. We're looking for....

Visitor Survey Volunteers, to help us measure visits to our sites.

Digital Archive Volunteers, to help us create a digital archive of Oldknow material.

Volunteer Archaeologists to help excavate Oldknow's Mill complex and record finds.

Volunteer Gardeners and Landscapers, to help keep on top of weeding, and to plan landscaping and planting.

Learning Volunteers, to inspire children and adults about Oldknow's Legacy.  

Marketing Volunteers, to help spread the word about Oldknow.

Volunteer Guides, to enthuse visitors with lively walks and talks.

Volunteer with us and you'll be offered training, all the support you need, plus we will reimburse travel costs of up to £9 a day. Find out what volunteering with us is like by reading our volunteer blogs here and here.

For more information on any of our volunteering opportunities, email Vicky Entwistle ( or call Vicky on 07876 477 977.

Project and People

What’s our project all about? 


Mellor Archaeological Trust  (  and Canal & River Trust ( have joined forces to secure £2.3 million of investment, including a grant of £1.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund ( to deliver Revealing Oldknow’s Legacy: Mellor Mill and the Peak Forest Canal at Marple.

Running until July 2017, the project will reveal, conserve and interpret Oldknow’s Legacy, putting Marple on the map as a visitor destination.

The project aims are embedded in the aspirations of the local community, and we see ourselves as a crucial part in the wider Vision for Marple:



Who is doing the work?

We are grateful to a team of volunteers who dig, research, photograph, promote and assist with many other jobs to help us achieve our aims. Without their contributions we would be unable to do it all. If you would like to find out about volunteering with us please email

In addition to the work of employees and volunteers from both Charities, funding allows us to employ:

Project Officer: Fiona Turpin

Mellor Mill Site Director: Bob Humphrey-Taylor

Learning & Interpretation Officer: Pamela Pearson

Volunteering Co-ordinator: Vicky Entwistle

Archaeologist: Rachel Miller


Project partners

Stockport MBC (

Roman Lakes (

Marple Civic Society (

Salford University (

All Saints Primary School (

Marple Naturalists

Marple Website

Arthur M Procter




Project contractors

Community Digs and Archaeology Oversight - Salford Archaeology (

Website, Archive and Digital Interpretation - Stardotstar (

Film and CGIs - ay-pe  (

Evaluation - Helen Corkery and Marge Ainsley

Research and Archive Lead - Michelle Lisa Gayle

Primary Education Consultant Chris Trevor (

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Take the Tour

Plug in your earphones, put your phone away and listen as Samuel Oldknow takes you on a tour of his finest work. All triggered via the magic of bluetooth and beacons.

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