Physical meetings postponed because of the Covid 19 pandemic

WHAT'S ON - Historically

Programme of Talks for 2020

All talks are on the first Wednesday of the month, beginning at 7.30pm, in the Masonic Hall, behind Front Street, opposite the Town Hall, Alston – except for ‘A Look at Nenthead,’ in Nenthead Village Hall.

Members free, visitors £3 – to include refreshments. Membership only £10,


Epiacum – The beginning? The end? The people in between.

With Alastair Robertson, author of ‘Whitley Castle – Epiacum – A Roman Fort near Alston in Cumbria’

What was at Epiacum before the Romans arrived? What happened at the bitter end, ca.367AD? What do we know about the people who lived there? Some thought-provoking facts and theories.

AGM (7pm) + 1st World War Enemy Aliens on Alston Moor

With Alastair Robertson – author of ‘Alston Moor and the Great War,’ and ‘The Foreigners in the Hills’

In the summer of 1914 Germans working for the Vieille Montagne Zinc Company of Belgium, and their families, had to leave Nenthead. On the photo are some enemy aliens.

The Nentforce Level

With Peter Wilkinson, author of ‘The Nentforce Level and the Brewery Shaft,’ and ‘Old Alston’

This is the fascinating story of the legendary Nentforce Level, the underground canal between Alston and Nenthead proposed by John Smeaton, the first man in the world to call himself a civil engineer.

Iron, Zinc, Glass, Politics and Money - The Attwood Family

With Alastair Robertson – local historian

Hear about proposals for an iron foundry near Alston, a thin link with the Chartist movement, an interloper on Alston Moor, and four brothers who made an impact from coast to coast across the north of England.

A Look at Nenthead

With Simon Danby, photographic and oral historian, and Alastair Robertson

A sprint though the history one of the first planned villages in the country, the ‘village without sin,’ the mines, the brass band, the co-op, the cricket team, photos and stories, with audience participation.

Summer Break

The Society takes a break in August and resumes again in September


Exploring the Lead Mines around Nenthead

With Peter Jackson, Chairman of Nenthead Mines Conservation Society

It’s possible to walk around the upper Nent Valley underground – if you know where to go. Peter has spent half his life exploring the lead mines around Nenthead, there’s hardly a nook or cranny that he does not know.

(Photo from Nenthead Mines website)

Precision Products

"Invented by Noel Shaw, who worked both with Barnes Wallis and Frank Whittle during the war, 'The Shaw Process' was the foundation of Precision Products. Tonight's presentation will be the Historical Society's tribute to this innovative company."

The Walton Family Lead Mining Dynasty

With Alastair Robertson, author of ‘The Walton Family - A Lead Mining Dynasty of the Northern Pennines’

The research and the book (now out of print), were prompted by the restoration of the Jacob Walton Memorial beside Alston Town Hall in 2004, and the initial question – ‘Who was Jacob Walton?’

The Christmas Social

With committee members of the Society and everyone in the room

A bit of history and a lot of fun.
About Us
Alston Moor Historical Society was founded in 1973 and, due to the nature of Alston Moor, it is a member of both the Northumberland Association of Local History Societies and the Cumbria Federation of Local History Societies.
Alston Moor Historical Society
Alston Moor, Cumbria. UK.

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