In 2016, over 16,000 people visited the Bennerley Viaduct Exhibition at the Erewash Museum in Ilkeston. Since then, it has been on permanent tour in schools, colleges, education centres, churches and other venues. It has just been displayed in all of the campuses of Derby College and it has now returned to Ilkeston being on display at the Canteloupe Centre. In April it will be spending the month at the Visitors Centre at Shipley Country Park. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a large scale model of the viaduct showing all the connections to the areas walking and cycling trails. Along with eight themed information boards, the exhibition contains a wealth of information about the fascinating history of Bennerley Viaduct.
Over the past two years, volunteers have given hundreds of hour of time undertaking tasks and this work has been invaluable in moving the project forwards. The two key themes of our volunteer work are around protecting the magnificent structure of the viaduct and enriching wildlife habitats both on and underneath the viaduct. Workdays start at 10:00 am and usually go on until 3:30 – 4:00 pm but if you are only available for a part of that time, you would be more than welcome. All tools are provided and training in how to use the tools will be given. If you want further details about any workday, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday March 4th 2017 Pond Digging and removing scrub vegetation. (Environmental enhancement. Meet 10:00am under the viaduct.
Access to the viaduct available by foot, bike or car on the track from Newtons Lane.
Saturday April 1st 2017. Digging out Pier bases. Earth and soil has covered some of the cast iron baseplates which support the viaduct and this will lead to their corrosion. The key task of the day is removing the earth from the baseplates.
The workdays for 2017 are as follows
Monday October 30th: The Gate Inn, Awsworth, 7:00 pm
Help us plan for the future of the viaduct over a pint in an award winning local pub. The group draws from a wide cross section of the community. Come along to find out what is happening and possibly become more involved in the project. You will be most welcome to join the group. We welcome your ideas and support in developing this project which will bring such benefits for the wider community.
Saturday October 22nd. Practical Workday building an Otter Holt.
On this workday, we will have a Sustrans ecologist with us and we are hoping to build an otter holt with some of the wood and vegetation which has been removed from underneath the viaduct. More details to follow.
Saturday 15th October. East Midlands Cycle Forum, Chesterfield.
The plans to bring the viaduct back into as a cycling and walking trail is being warmly welcomed by the cycling community. Sir Dave Brailsford has publicly supported the proposals. The Bennerley Viaduct project will have a stand at this event and we will be delivering a short presentation. If you are a cyclist, this event is worth supporting. Continue reading “Viaduct Exhibition”
Monday 10th October The Gate Inn, Awsworth. 7:30 pm
As part of Awsworth’s Neighbourhood Plan, Kieran Lee will be delivering a presentation of he history of the Bennerley viaduct and future plans. Kieran plans to incorporate original sound recordings and old images from the Great Northern railway into the presentation. The talk will tell the story of the survival of our iron giant and the exciting plans for the future. Booking not required.
Does your group want a presentation?
If you belong to a group and feel a presentation about the viaduct would be of interest, then please get in touch with me and I will arrange a bespoke presentation for your group. Kieran.email@example.com