If Stones Could Talk

Route to the Hills has received a lot of support from The Earth Heritage Trust, who ran some of our free activities over the summer holiday. The project is also looking to help finance their new Stones and Spouts Walk, which looks at the different types of rock and springs found in and around Great Malvern town centre.  Below, Sue Knox from talks about their latest project A Thousand Years of Building with Stone.

How many types of stone can you see at this old fountain?

How many types of stone can you see at this old fountain?

A Thousand Years of Building with Stone is an unusual project, currently underway and overseen by Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust. Covering eighteen ‘cluster’ areas of particular interest across the two counties due to their variety of stone buildings, the idea is to identify the stone with which they are constructed and, if at all possible, to discover the source of the raw materials and record the location of the related quarries.

With Heritage Lottery Fund being the main funder of the project and ever growing support from local organisations and trusts, the tasks required for the project are undertaken by a fantastic band of enthusiastic volunteers alongside a committed team of three part time staff.

Based at the Geological Records Centre on the St John’s Campus of the University of Worcester, the team is always keen to welcome new volunteers, whatever their, age, background and interests, whether they be local history, assistance with public activity days, archival research, identifying buildings in their local or another cluster area,  discovering quarries, other fieldwork or desk based tasks. There are opportunities for everyone to take part.

To let the team know of any information about the stone buildings across the Herefordshire and Worcestershire clusters or to volunteer for the project, contact the Building Stones team on 01905 542014 or at building.stones@worc.ac.uk