Historic Weirs of the Tamar Valley

Gunnislake Weir

Can you spare some time to help find out more about the historic weirs along the rivers Tamar, Tavy & Lynher?

Would you like to gain accreditation to enhance your CV, while carrying out the research?

There is currently no comprehensive record of the river management systems that were historically in place along the three main rivers in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but the AONB team would like to change that!

With your help, the team would like to make a start by finding out where weirs and other structures are, and used to be, located.

Sam Barnes, Helping Hands for Heritage project officer, explains, “The river heritage is of great importance to our AONB landscape, but there is so much that we just don’t know. We’d like to use the information we discover to raise awareness of our river heritage, and potentially work towards its protection and interpretation, as part of the river experience”.

Join the AONB team on Wednesday 28th January, 6pm-8pm at the Tamar Valley Centre for FREE training, to enable you to:

  • Access, read and draw information from historic maps to identify weirs and river structures;
  • Discover other sources of research to add to the map findings;
  • Provide your results to us as a simple written report;
  • Work with us to develop a plan for Spring 2015 to prioritise sites for further research and survey.

Food & drink will be provided.

The AONB team would like potential volunteers to have an interest in the heritage of the Tamar Valley, and some experience of archival and other research (including where to find sources and archives) would be desirable, but not essential. Full training and support will be given.

The research phase of this work will take place between February and April 2015. If volunteers can spare some time within these dates to help gather information, the plan should be in place by the end of May 2015.

Becki Lumbis, Education & Community Resource Officer for the Tamar Valley AONB, says, “By coming along to the training day and joining in with the subsequent research, you will receive AQA accreditation that can really make a difference to your CV and career path. More opportunities to earn accreditation in other topic areas will be coming up in the New Year – please do get in touch in the meantime to find out more and to register your interest.”

Volunteers will be able to choose an area(s) of the rivers to research; we would like to be able to have full coverage of the extent of the rivers within the AONB, so the more volunteers the better! Travel expenses can be reimbursed if desired.

Please sign up now to pledge your support. Contact the Tamar Valley AONB team – 01822 835030, volunteering@tamarvalley.org.uk

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