Cultural Heritage Spring Lecture Series brought to you by the South West Peak Landscape Partnership

This is an archived press release

Tuesday 26 February 2019

One of the field barns that dot the South West PeakWhat better way to spend an evening than learning about fire, foxholes, bullets and barrows? Or how about hearing tales of Anglo Saxons in the Staffordshire Moorlands?

You can learn about these topics - and many others - during a spring lecture series on cultural heritage, from renowned speakers, at Buxton’s Devonshire Dome. Tickets cost £5 and all proceeds go towards South West Peak Landscape Partnership’s Small Heritage Adoption and Barns & Buildings projects.

The Small Heritage Adoption Project is working to protect little-known pieces of history that are sometimes overlooked and ranges from boundary markers to lime kilns to Bronze Age burial mounds.

The Barns & Buildings project is focusing on field barns throughout the South West Peak and is working to record and in some cases restore these iconic features of the landscape.

Both projects rely on a group of dedicated volunteers who have the opportunity to train with and learn from local experts in cultural heritage and help protect the South West Peak’s unique history.

The lecture series will include:

  • 12th March - There’s More to Walls by Master Craftsman Trevor Wragg;
  • 19th March - Fire, Foxholes, Bullets and Barrows by SWP cultural heritage officer Dr Catherine Parker Heath;
  • 26th March - Anglo Saxons in The Staffordshire Moorlands and the South West Peak by Harry Ball;
  • 2nd April - Highways and Waymarkers by Jan Scrine of The Milestone Society;
  • 9th April - Historic Mining in the South West Peak by Dr John Barnatt.

The South West Peak Landscape Partnership is supported by a grant of £2.4 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, distributing money raised by National Lottery players.

To learn more, explore our volunteering programme at:

Volunteers registered with the Landscape Partnership will receive 50% off ticket purchases for this lecture series. To register as a volunteer visit:

All lectures begin at 7:30pm and tickets can be purchased through the Buxton Opera House at:

For more information, please email the South West Peak Landscape Partnership team at:

You can also learn more about the South West Peak Landscape Partnership by visiting or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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About the National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the National Lottery Heritage Fund sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. NLHF has supported 37,000 projects, allocating over £6billion across the UK.

NLHF’s Landscape Partnerships are helping bring together members of the community as well as local, regional, and national organisations to deliver schemes which benefit some of the UK’s most outstanding landscapes and rural communities. Grants range from £100,000 up to £3m.  

South West Peak Landscape Partnership

Details of the SWPLP: The South West Peak Landscape Partnership is led by the Peak District National Park Authority and also includes the Staffordshire and Cheshire Wildlife Trusts, Natural England, Environment Agency, Historic England, RSPB, The Farming Life Centre, Support Staffordshire (Staffordshire Moorlands), Nature Peak District, Staffordshire County Council, Cheshire East Council, Severn Trent Water and United Utilities.

This is an archived press release

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