Projects focused on the areas cultural heritage.


From Flaxen Locks to Retting Pits – Investigation and interpretation of the significant industry for flax and retting in and around the Isle of Axholme.  Experimental flax processing and archaeological investigations are due to take place with lots of opportunities for volunteers to get involved.

Castles and Manors  – Recent archaeological investigations revealed more about Vinegarth’s Medieval manor house.  Evidence of a high status building was found near to St Andrew’s Church, Epworth that included roof tiles and decorated glazed tiles.  A jet di, animal bones and medieval pottery was also found.    

Scrub and tree clearance work has been completed at the scheduled Motte and Bailey Castle site at Owston Ferry.  This work has improved visitor access to the monument and the local nature reserve.  A new interpretation board has been installed providing visitors information about the monument and the local wildlife.

Neolithic Trackway – The Project aims to build a replica of the Neolithic Lindholme Trackway found on Hatfield Moor in 2004. The trackway dates back to 2900-2500BC and is known as a Corduroy trackway.

Industrial Archaeology of the Peatlands and its Railway – Run by the Crowle Peatland Railway Society this project will explore the rail and industrial history linked to Thorne and Crowle Moors. The Crowle Peatland Railway Society is run by volunteers, you can join the society and start volunteering by visiting their website linked above. 

Presenting the Past – A range of volunteer activities will allow local communities to discover, learn, share and celebrate how their villages, settlements and historic landscape have been shaped by man. Topics include; early evidence of human activity, farming and settlement practices, use of natural resources and development of the industrial landscape.

Landscapes of Heroes  – A team of local volunteers have been passionately recording and surveying the lost military buildings, airfields and crash sites of the Partnership area.  A project to record oral histories is also underway in effort to rediscover those forgotten wartime stories and remember those local characters who played a part in the area’s history.

Further details of the project can be found at www.ukeconet.org/ioaloh.html