- Project Leader: Jane Webster, Dr Carolyn Ware (Beamish Museum), Mr Christopher Jones (Northumberland National Park)
- Partners: Northumberland National Park, Coquetdale Community Archaeology Group, Beamish Museum
This project is in its initial stages. It investigates the lives of 19th century mining families living at Ovenstones, a row of coalminers’ cottages located on the outskirts of Rothbury, Northumberland.
Our aims are to:
- develop better understanding of C19th mining families in Coquetdale, and their links to local communities in the present
- allow the community to celebrate that heritage
- develop expertise in regional C19th material culture and identify comparable material in museum collections
In February 2007 a preliminary excavation was undertaken on the midden adjoining the cottages, and the entire site was surveyed.
In June 2007 the Coquetdale Community Archaeology group excavated one of the cottages in the row.
The funding sought here will enable us investigate the materials recovered from Ovenstones in greater depth. Where and when were these items made? Who manufactured them? What were they used for? What do they tell us collectively about the consumer habits of the Ovenstones families?
Working in conjunction with Dr Carolyn Ware (Beamish Museum), our intention is to seek funding to expand the Ovenstones initiative into a research led, but community based, exploration of a 19th century community and its legacy.