Lake District Lead Mine May Re-Open As Visitor Attraction Site

The lead mine which closed its doors in 1962 could be reopened as a visitor attraction, celebrating the area’s local heritage and boosting the economy. 

Edward Truch, professor at Lancaster University Management School said, “The project is in the early stages but after getting the support of the parish council and receiving an overwhelmingly positive response from a public meeting a few weeks ago, we are compiling a report to see what a new heritage attraction in Glenridding could look like”.

He adds, “The report will weigh up different options that offer different sorts of experiences – from opening up a part of the mine, for example, to creating a replica section of a mine, to using new and emerging technology to provide a realistic mining experience from an altogether different location”.  

As part of the project schoolchildren from Patterdale Primary School took part in a full day of activities, organised by Lancaster University students, all linked to the mine’s history. Activities ranged from painting stones from the mine retrieved from the local river, to donning Victorian dress to perform mini plays depicting mining life, and also using computer software to help design a futuristic visitor centre.  

The results of the children’s hard work are to be displayed in local shops and hotels to raise awareness of the project, to support the final report which will be presented to Patterdale Parish Council at the end of summer 2018. 

Lancaster University’s Connected Community Research Lab is carrying out a formal feasibility study, to assess the need for an attraction, community support and the economic benefits it may bring. 

Source: The Westmorland Gazette

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