Celebrating the industrial heritage of Weardale

We are delighted to be partnering with Durham County CouncilWeardale AAP, and MBC Arts Wellbeing CIC, on the Weardale Tub project.  It’s a follow-on from the very successful We are Weardale creative literacy project and there are opportunities for community groups and invidiuals to take part:

  • Free half day workshops brought to you in your school/local community venue
  • Learn about the industrial heritage which shaped the Weardale landscape and communities
  • Try your hand at glass-making by working with experienced glass artists to produce your own glass panel
  • Your glass panel will form part of the Weardale Tub to be sited at Killhope Lead Mining Museum
  • Become part of the film and photographye documentary following the Tub’s journey
  • Additional creative writing workshops available – more information on request

Workshops take place at:

  • Low Barnes Nature Reserve
  • Wolsingham Primary School
  • Frosterley Primary School
  • Frosterley Village Hall
  • Stanhope Community Centre
  • Stanhope Barrington Primary School
  • Rookhope Primary School
  • St John’s Chapel Primary School
  • Chatterbox Cafe, St John’s Chapel
  • Wearhead Primary School
  • Cowshill Village Hall

Join experienced glass working tutors to discover how to capture your own inspired images and research into an individual glass panel as part of an exciting project to create a full size three dimensional lead tub made up of steel, glass and light. During the course of each half-day workshop participants will learn about the history and heritage of Weardale, the industry that flourished in the area, and the legacy of the work that took place over the centuries in shaping the landscape we see today. Using this research participants will be guided in creating their own individual glass panel, using materials that reflect the industrial activity of the past alongside frits, tacks, stringers and other materials, to create an image in fused glass inspired by the rich history and heritage of the region. Once fused, the glass panels will be fired into larger panels that will form the sides of the lead tub, creating an exciting installation to be sited at Killhope Lead Mining Museum.