The programme aims to provide training opportunities in local heritage skills related to the use of stone, and offer opportunities to all to learn about the local landscape from the geology and link this to its cultural heritage. There will be workshop days in educational settings, discovery days conceived as an exhibition able to tour village halls and bespoke courses, leading to an apprenticeship scheme.
The practice should introduce students to dry stone walling, all aspects of stone masonry, letter cutting, sculptural carving, lime mortars, paving, pitching and quarrying. There is a focus on the Carboniferous geology of the North Pennines, Glacial/Post-glacial geomorphology of Teesdale and the rich archaeology of the district.
The project complements many of the other programmes, with potential to undertake practical works as voluntary and paid commissions.
This project is now complete.