Project summary

The Small Heritage Adoption project was recently awarded a restoration grant to consolidate Gradbach limekiln from the Association for Industrial Archaeology. This grant will ensure that this wonderful cultural landmark will be preserved for future generations. Check back here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages for more information as the project progresses.

Click here to see how you can get involved with this wonderful project.

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This project has been supported by a restoration grant from the Association for Industrial Archaeology.

Tucked away across the South West Peak there are heritage assets of historic importance both large and small. These assets range from Bronze Age burial mounds to lime kilns and many are only known locally or monitored infrequently.

The Small Heritage Adoption project is creating the infrastructure and providing the training necessary for individual volunteers and communities as a whole to identify and monitor the condition of these important icons of the South West Peaks past. Restoration and repair of monuments where necessary is also being undertaken.

Individual sites or features have been adopted by enthusiastic volunteers who receive detailed practical training in the tools and techniques necessary for ensuring that the next generation of South West Peak residents and visitors can enjoy the same sense of deep history that so many are able to experience.

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What we're doing

  • Providing resident volunteers with the tools and techniques needed to be stewards of local history
  • Identifying and monitoring local history assets
  • Raising interest and knowledge about the hidden history of the South West Peak
  • Ensuring the next generation of South West Peak residents and visitors can enjoy the rich local history
  • Providing funding for the repair of local heritage assets
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How to get involved

See our maps for a list of local sites of historical importance.

  • Remember to take only pictures and leave only footprints when visiting local historical sites.
  • See a map of local sites of historical importance.
  • Learn more about archaeology around the Peak.
  • If you notice a change or vandalism on an object of historic importance notify your local council or let us know!



Learn more about how to help protect the Small Heritage of the South West Peak

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Our heritage matters to all of us – be careful not to disturb ruins and historic sites.

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There are over 1800 known features recorded in the Historic Environment Records for the South West Peak!

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Our partners

  • Historic England
  • Peak District National Park Authority