Quarry Faces has worked with many Mendip schools, and the community to gather and record stories and information to enhance our understanding of the Mendip’s rich and forgotten history of quarrying and how it has shaped life in the nearby communities.
These resources provides a range of cross curricular activities to enrich learning about your school’s local heritage, the forgotten old quarrying industry on the Mendips.
A powerpoint presentation sets the scene on the area’s quarrying heritage with photographs of old quarries local to your school.
Included in the talk are interactive elements:
Rock sample handling
Victorian quarries role play – dressing up clothes, dynamite and detonators
Wages day – paying the gangs
The project established links with small local quarries, both old and still working, who invite visits from schools:
Doulting Stone Quarry – a small family run quarry where Doulting stone has been quarried for over a thousand years.
Westbury Sub Mendip Quarry – no longer worked for stone and now a site of special scientific interest with meadows and old quarry workings.
BOOKING please arrange your visit with the education staff at the Somerset Earth Science Centre: Telephone 01749 840156
During the project several local schools carried out interview sessions to gather oral histories from retired quarry workers. The resource includes the schools recording sessions and a collection of short stories which has been made into a CD.
Wells and Mendip Museum - www.wellsmuseum.org.uk
Axbridge Museum - 01934 732012
Banwell Bone Caves - www.banwellcaves.org
Frome Museum - www.fromemuseum.wordpress.com
Radstock Museum – www.radstockmuseum.co.uk
Weston super Mare Museum – www.westonmuseum.org
All have good rock, fossil and animal bone collections. Radstock has a good section on geology and quarries.
Many of the old quarries are on public footpaths. Using the OS Map, can you find and discover your old quarry hidden in the local landscape:
Croscombe: Ham Wood and Windsor Hill.
Stoke St Michael: Stoke Lane and Cooks Wood.
Mells, Nunney: Westdown and Asham.
Leigh-on-Mendip: Halecombe nature trail around quarry perimeter.