Our Farm Heritage

A team of trained volunteers, led by Iron Age Nidderdale (a community archaeology group), are carrying out landscape surveys on a farm-by-farm basis, and bringing this information together with documentary research to help tell the story of the Upper Nidderdale landscape through time.

It is hoped that this project will inform future heritage conservation and assist land managers in understanding and protecting the heritage features on their land.

Recording archaeological features in the landscape

Recording archaeological features in the landscape (C Tomson)

In the field, the team are recording features and noting their position using hand-held GPS units. This information is then being uploaded to GIS software to enable the team to investigate the survey data and to look for patterns. The team are also carrying out extensive desk-based research, looking at aerial photographs, old maps, documents, and more. A series of Guidance Sheets are available for project volunteers in the Resources section.

Join the team

The team welcomes new members at any time. You do not need any experience in using a hand-held GPS or in recognising landscape features as training and support will be provided by the team. Please click here if you would like to get involved in the project.

For more information about Iron Age Nidderdale, click here to visit their website.