Bob's Mill Diary - Monday 4th August 2014

The Challenge Twelve


Well, July 28th will be a date to remember.  We finally received our "Permission to Start" from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  It has been a long, and at times a frustrating, journey.  Still we are there now and we can look forward to moving on at a pace with the Revealing Oldknow's Legacy Project.  Very soon we should be able to get some welfare facilities on site, purchase an excavator and make the job look like a professional archaeological dig. 

In the meantime we have been busy.  During July we had a group of eight A Level Archaeology Students from Aquinas College join us for a week closely followed by a group of twelve young people from The Challenge Project.  We are looking forward to having another 12 young people from The Challenge join us on the 12th August.  Young muscle is always very welcome! 

We also have Carlos Blanco, (right) a Spanish history student from Barcelona University, digging with us for the whole of August.  Carlos is keen to learn more about British Industrial Archaeology and asked me if he could be a volunteer.  It was also good to welcome ten members of Aquinas Staff who spent a day working on the stable area at the front of the mill.  Of course, we have also had our regular dig volunteers working at the weekends and our volunteer guides who do such a magnificent job showing our visitors around.

The Aquinas Staff

The Aquinas Students

The next event to look forward to is Oldknow's Day of Fact and Fun down at the Roman Lakes and the Mellor Mill Site on the 7th September - make sure YOU don't miss it.