Archaeology students move to protect Marsden Lime Kilns

John Briggs of Owen Pugh, front left, wit Newcastle University students at Marsden Lime Kilns.
John Briggs of Owen Pugh, front left, wit Newcastle University students at Marsden Lime Kilns.
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ARCHAEOLOGY students are working on the long-term protection of a heritage site.

Eight undergraduates from Newcastle University went along to Marsden Lime Kilns, Whitburn to start work on developing a long-term conservation and care plan.

The site, which is owned by civil engineering firm Owen Pugh as part of its Marsden Quarry site, is listed on English Heritage’s ‘Heritage at Risk Register’.

Students’ work will be undertaken as part of the Heritage Skills in Education project organised by the North of England Civic Trust with Heritage Lottery funding.

Marsden Lime Kilns is an important part of South Tyneside’s industrial heritage. The square kilns, built in the 1870s, produced quicklime which was used in agriculture to neutralise soil.

During the first visit to the site to kickstart the project, which will be completed in June, the students got the chance to examine the kilns themselves and take photographs to inform their recommendations.

South Tyneside Council, English Heritage and Owen Pugh are planning to restore the kilns.

Student Kimberley Colman, said: “Having the chance to work on a live project to develop a conservation plan for Marsden Lime Kilns is a unique opportunity to get a taste of the kind of work we might be undertaking beyond university.

“The Heritage Skills programme offers the chance to gain industry skills that will be a huge advantage to us. We’re excited to get started on the conservation plan.”

John Briggs, development manager at Owen Pugh, said: “As a business that sees the value of supporting young people to develop their professional skills we were delighted to welcome the Newcastle University students to the Marsden Lime Kilns as part of Heritage Skills in Education programme.”