A Bay full of heritage, knowledge and enjoyment!

Our project in Robin Hood's Bay is progressing well this spring with three specific items to highlight: a partnership with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and their Living Seas project, a most successful Alum Dyeing Workshop and an absorbing course on Understanding Geological Maps.

Anthony Hurd, Living Seas Centre Officer for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, joined our Celebration of our Community last November in Robin Hood's Bay Village Hall. Since then he has joined forces with Stuart Swann and Mike Windle and they will deliver joint walks this summer in Flamborough Head and Robin Hood's Bay and will explore our shores looking at past and present marine life. There will also be talks next year in Flamborough Head at the new Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Centre and at Whitby Pannett Park Museum.

"It's a great opportunity for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to extend their activities further north along the coast and for our two organisations to support each other" , says Anthony. "For the Geology Trust, working with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is a chance to do joined-up conservation and provide the general public with a better and wider offer. It's practical, it makes sense - a proper Yorkshire Deal where all parties benefit.", Mike Windle explains.Alum Dying and felting

The Alum Dyeing Workshop we organised in March, is a good example of how the Geology Trust engages people in different ways in their local heritage. We met on a very sunny day to learn about our first chemical industry, discover why it was so significant and try our hand at extracting natural dyes with Anita Buttel and Pauline Drew. Once we had dyed wool in a myriad of colours with daffodils, onion skins, fennel, turmeric, logwood, nettles using alum as a mordant (to fix the dye), we discovered how to felt. The objectives of the workshop were to acquire new skills, have a great time doing it and produce felt pieces, which would form segments of a large ammonite to be exhibited at the Robin Hood's Bay Horticultural & Craft Show next July.

The participants to Barry Butler's course on 'How to Understand Geological Maps' are also learning new skills from the man who wrote the book, literally! With examples taken from the Coast-to-Coast walk, the geology of Robin Hood's Bay is explored in great detail. In the concluding session, newly-acquired skills will be put to the test reading a geological map of Nepal brought back by one of our members.

If you want to join in our project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, please contact us, become a member or visit our office on a Wednesday afternoon from 2 to 5.

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