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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 have some amazing opportunities!

Revealing Oldknow's Legacy Oral History Project

Oral histories are a brilliant way to learn about the history of recent times, from the people who were there. We are gathering stories and memories about our three sites - Mellor Mill, Marple Lime Kilns and Marple Aqueduct - and are looking for volunteers who would like to interview and record people's stories. This would be a great opportunity for anyone interested who enjoys meeting people, or who wants to learn and practice a new communication skill. All volunteers will be trained in interviewing and recording by the Oral History Society. If you're interested, email Vicky Entwistle - 

Marple Aqueduct Conservation Volunteers

We are creating a volunteer group to look after the towpaths and verges at Marple Aqueduct - we'll be sowing wildflowers, clearing away weeds, carrying out nature surveys, and looking for ways that the environment at the Aqueduct can help local plant and animal species. The Aqueduct is bordered by two areas of ancient woodland, and the Peak Forest Canal carried by the Aqueduct is a Site of Special Biological Interest. It's a fascinating environment, with many interesting species living there. This opportunity is perfect if you love gardening, or if you are passionate about protecting your local environment. We are holding a conservation day on Saturday 11 March to plan what this volunteer group could do, and the day includes a nature tour of the Aqueduct. Sign up here!

Heritage Skills Volunteers

Mellor Mill is a truly remarkable historic site - at the time it was built, the Mill was the largest in England. Now a ruin, we have been excavating the site throughout the course of our project. This spring, we begin landscaping - adding footpaths and a welcome area, as well as consolidating the archaeological remains of the site. We have the opportunity for people to volunteer with the consolidation of the site, which will include pointing and capping walls, adding level floor surfaces, and clearing areas of rubble. This opportunity is ideal for anyone interested in practical heritage conservation, or who wants to be part of preserving this fascinating local visitor destination for future generations. To find out more, contact Vicky Entwistle -

If traditional building skills are your thing, come along to our lime kiln build on 30 March and 1 April - we will be building our own lime kiln at the site of Oldknow's impressive 19th century Lime Kilns in Marple, and using traditional materials to make our own hot lime mortar. Take part in building the kiln, making the mortar, and using the mortar to build a wall. Sign up here.

Archaeology Volunteers

Although our archaeological work at Mellor Mill is now complete, we still have work to do at Marple Lime Kilns - join us for our community dig starting on Monday 27 March, and have a go at digging up a piece of history. No previous experience needed - all welcome! Sign up here.

We also run archaeology training sessions: this month, join us for sessions on practical site skills, finds processing, and finds conservation - click on the topic you are interested in for dates and locations. All sessions are run by archaeologists from the University of Salford, and can be used toward the BAJR Skills Passport in Archaeology (which we can order for you if you would like one).

Do something amazing...

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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