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June 22, 2022

Friends of Swaledale Museum talk

Reeth Memorial Hall, Arkengarthdale Road Reeth North Yorkshire DL11 6QT United Kingdom

Richard Lamb, Barney Beck Revisited: Old Gang and Surrender Lead Smelting Mills including a rare Insight into the fascinating World of Slag Mineralogy

 This lecture attempts to retrace the footsteps of the successful all day tour undertaken by the Museum in 2019, but with a few surprises. Examining both structure and history of the surviving smelting mills at Surrender and Old Gang, the whereabouts of previous mills will be suggested together with new study into Smith’s and Raygill Mills.  The often overlooked but fundamental question of water supply will also be addressed. It was in the slags from Surrender Mill that five new compounds were discovered in the late 1980s, two of them new to science. This insight, in layman’s language, describes their discovery and subsequent analysis while placing the subject into perspective because many mineralogists choose to ignore these and similar remarkable finds. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions.

Advance booking essential.  Contact  or call 07969 823232