120th Anniversary Event Programme
6th-7th August 2016

Reactions to the Saturday Conference from the sixty or so people in the audience to the variety and quality of the talks have been very favourable. Indeed, mining enthusiasts and mining historians who are familiar with the region and have been for many years e-mailed to say that they enjoyed the talks and that even they learnt something, representatives from the Vieille Montagne Company included.

Until the Anniversary weekend, the significance of the Nenthead-based company, that produced as it did 60% of the UK output of zinc, had been obscured by two world wars and the Wall Street Crash, but since the Conference the role of the VM now has a much higher profile, not only in the region but in the country.

Alston Moor Historical Society intends to publish the texts of the talks as soon as it can for the benefit of the wider world and as an incentive for further, European-wide, research.
  • 6th August 2016 9:00

    Opening of the Conference

  • 11/02/1979 12:00

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Details about the Conference

The 120th Anniversary takes the form of a series of events to be held over the weekend of Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August.

The programme for the weekend starts on SATURDAY with a CONFERENCE at Nenthead Village Hall of six VM related talks, with speakers from Germany, Italy, Belgium and today’s VM. On SUNDAY there is a series of GUIDED WALKS and a GALA that includes family-orientated activities.

There are also EXHIBITIONS about the VM that include work by pupils from the three schools of Alston Moor.
 
Saturday 6th August Conference at Nenthead Village Hall
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10.00-10.30 Arrival, tea and welcome

- Jeff Rogers
 
10.30-11.15 VM on Alston Moor - General
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- Alastair Robertson
 
11.15-12.00 VM origins and in the world
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- Roger Baltus
 
12.00-12.45 VM on Alston Moor - Technical
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- Peter Jackson
 
12.45-13.45 Lunch
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13.45-14.30 Lives of the Italians
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- Armando Angelucci
 
14.30-15.15 Ore processing and museums
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- Daniel Sobanski
 
15.15-16.00 VM since 1950
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- Jonathan Lowy
 
16.00-16.30 Discussion and closing address
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- Alastair Robertson
 
Unveiling Of A Plaque To The Vieille Montagne
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(Click on the presenter name to see a mini biography)

 
Sunday 7th August
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Guided Walks & Mine Trips
 
Underground trips - to areas of the mine worked by the VM
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Above ground trips
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- to lodging shops, houses where workers lived, and the village itself
- to Brewery Shaft, Nenthead
- Barneycraig mine, West Allendale, by Wright Brothers' vintage bus
Gala
 
Victorian/Edwardian/Mining/Vieille Montagne themes
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The Stanhope Silver Band playing music of the time and from the various nations
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The Dales Pony Society, who are celebrating their centenary year
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Opportunity to dress up in period costume for photo's with ponies, who we hope will also be dressed up as mine ponies.
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+ Shuggy Boats, Flying Chairs and CHEEKY CHARLIE!
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Exhibitions
 
Displays from LVR Oberhausen, Kelmis and Bergisches Museums and VMZINC
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Continual slide show by Nenthead Mines
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Displays from the local schools
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VM display in Barracks by Nenthead Mines
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Sharing Heritage Lottery Grant

Heritage Lottery Grant
The 120th Anniversary project has been awarded a ‘Sharing Heritage’ lottery grant.

Letters of support for the application were enthusiastically sent and gratefully received from:

Alston and Nenthead Primary Schools
Alston Moor Businesses Association
Nenthead Chapel Project
Nenthead Ward Meeting
North Pennines AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)
Samuel King’s High School, Alston

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