On the weekend of 2 – 4 December an exciting new phase of the Spodden Valley Revealed project started, with field survey work by Archaeology team Dig Ventures and volunteer Explorers.
Starting out from Whitworth Library and Whitworth Museum the team recorded heritage sites such as Facit Incline and Peel Chimney, Healey Dell, Cowm Reservoir and a ruined farm and exciting standing stones at Brown Wardle.
Interesting finds included a fully intact cellar at the ruined farm site, with vaulted ceilings, and intriguing standing stones that are exactly nine metres apart with curious indents and uniformed points, are these stone tenter posts as part of tenter frames to dry cloth as part of the cottage industries? More to come as we investigate further – it has certainly caught the interest of our archaeology team…
It was such a great weekend, especially with our younger Explorers who really enjoyed being a part of the team, learning new skills and getting out into the wonderful landscape of Whitworth.
Keep an eye out in the New Year for more family based archaeology activities and for more ways you can get involved.
For more information email Diana Hamilton, visit the webpage and follow us on Facebook.
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Tagged archaeology, brown wardle, cown reservoir, diana hamilton, digventures, facit incline, healey dell, Lancashire Libraries, peel chiney, spodden valley, svr, whitworth, whitworth library, whitworth museum
This spring we are delighted to welcome a new but familiar face to the MPA team as Diana Hamilton gets to work as Project Manager for Spodden Valley Revealed. This is our major new project promising some transformational impacts for communities in the Whitworth area of Rossendale. Unfolding over three years, Spodden Valley Revealed will explore the long timeline of human settlement there, through an engagement programme involving local people of all ages, and a range of exciting artist commissions. The end result will be an innovative, linear heritage destination for local people and visitors to explore, adding rich content to the off-road cycling and walking route which will become the Valley of Stone Greenway.
Diana has worked around the North West, managing arts and public realm projects, for over 10 years. She is passionate about telling the stories of a place in a creative and engaging way and re-interpreting heritage for new audiences.
Previously, Diana led on the development of the Irwell Sculpture Trail, which stretches 33 miles from Salford to Bacup, putting together a 6-year plan to secure Arts Council capital funding for its redevelopment. She has supported the creation of a brand new Sculpture Centre at the heart of the trail in Bury. Most recently, she managed an experimental public art programme across five new interchange sites for Transport for Greater Manchester, including temporary commissions, digital trails and events, testing a new way for working for that organisation.
Diana has worked across many other cultural events, opening up unexpected spaces such as a medieval tower and shopping space for Barnaby Festival, and local churches, parks and an armoury for Bury Light Night. For Station Stories, she partnered with Manchester Literature Festival to create a live storytelling event at Manchester Piccadilly station, taking an audience in headphones on a journey of six newly commissioned stories, told by an unknown storyteller in the throng of commuters.
This depth of experience and breadth of imagination, combined with her knowledge and understanding of the North West, mean that Diana is brilliantly well equipped to take forward our unique vision for Spodden Valley Revealed. With Diana getting to work now, we are delighted to be getting started on this fantastic project.
You can contact Diana via email for more information on Spodden Valley Revealed.
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Tagged barnaby festival, bury light night, bury sculpture centre, Contemporary Heritage, diana hamilton, greenways, hamilton project, irwell sculpture trail, Lancashire, Rossendale, spodden valley, Spodden Valley Revealed, station stories
Hello! I’m Issy, Mid Pennine Arts’ new Assistant Producer Intern for the next six months. I’m very excited to be undertaking this role, and feel very lucky that I was selected. Hopefully I can enrich MPA’s fabulous work with some of my previous experience and my enthusiasm for socially engaged arts.
I’m going to be working alongside Project Managers, as well as Nick and Melanie, developing projects and getting stuck in with MPA’s engagement work. This is an exciting time to have joined MPA as they put together the celebrations for their 50th anniversary. On my first day I arrived to see our team of dedicated volunteers shifting through some beautiful MPA event posters from the 60s/70s – one of which I was very tempted to take home and hang on the wall…
Out with fellow Senior Explorers
I graduated from the University of Manchester last year with a degree in English Literature and American Studies. After completing my final year of uni, alongside becoming a Student Producer for the Whitworth Gallery and volunteer at Manchester International Festival, I became invigorated with a passion for widening public engagement in the Arts. I then went off to New Delhi to teach the most enthusiastic and intelligent children debating skills, art and literature. All of these past experiences meant that when I saw this internship, I jumped at it. Luckily I landed the role!
The Very Special Meeting with Wild Rumpus
It’s the start of my third week today and already I’ve become a Senior Explorer Silly-iously Serious Cecil with the mighty Bowland Explorers; explored the old railway line through Whitworth and met lots of the lovely people who interact with MPA. Furthermore, I’ve fully thrown myself in by moving to Burnley, and managed to find a room just over 100 meters away from the office! I’m very excited to keep going and get more and more immersed in the great work MPA do.
Exploring the Spodden Valley with Project Manager Diana and artist Steve Messam
Scenery around Whitworth
I’ve been welcomed wonderfully and thank you very much to Super Slow Way and Lancashire County Council for supporting my post!
We are looking for a very special individual to join our team and work primarily on Spodden Valley Revealed but also to contribute to a dynamic team initiating and managing a busy portfolio of visual arts, creative learning and community engagement projects. We are seeking an experienced, versatile project manager, initially on a short term agreement, but with the opportunity for extension. If you have a strong track record of developing and delivering high quality, project-based work, and would like to contribute to the work of our team, we would love to hear from you.
You can find out more about the wide range of our projects by visiting our website and our Vimeo and Flickr pages. The following project pages on our website are the most relevant:
All the information and documents you need are listed below.
Whitworth – Aerial View
Please apply using our standard job application form to highlight your most relevant experience and your reasons for wanting to work on this project and with MPA. Only applications on our official form will be accepted, please do not send CVs.
Send your application (preferably as a PDF, although Word docs are acceptable) to:
Please submit your application by 9am on Wednesday 13 January 2016.
There is no formal timetable for recruitment, but we aim to act without delay. We will acknowledge all applicants. If you are shortlisted, we will invite you for interview as soon as can be arranged.
SVR – Project Manager – Job Description & Person Spec
MPA Application Form – SVR Project Manager – Dec 2015
SVR – Summary of project
SVR – Project Manager Post Information – Dec 2015
We look forward to hearing from you!