Eye spy an Earthcache

August 18, 20163:12 pmFebruary 15, 2017 3:58 pm

Earthcache is the perfect activity to enjoy the great outdoors, see some interesting geology, and test your knowledge. Why not have a go this summer… Go to Written by Dave Stadley, a Building Stones Volunteer.   A couple of years ago, we reported on the publication of our first Earthcache, a variety of Geocache. […]

Photo of archivist Jenni Waugh

Our New Building Stones Researcher

May 6, 201511:50 amNovember 12, 2015 11:57 am

The Building Stones team is pleased to be joined by professional researcher Jenni Waugh. Jenni will be working on the Building Stones project for one afternoon a fortnight helping to fill in some of the gaps in our database and follow up leads on specific buildings or quarries from volunteers unable to make it to […]

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Building Stone Database Goes Live

May 1, 201510:28 amNovember 12, 2015 11:32 am

The A Thousand Years of Building with Stone project team is very pleased to announce that, as of this month, the new website and database for the project is live on the web. It has been a long hard road to get here, but with almost seven months of development and rigorous testing of the […]

Dry stone walling at Huntingdon Church, Hfds

Project Update – Winter 2014

December 17, 20144:04 pmNovember 11, 2015 4:34 pm

We had a busy summer with shows and stands including Hereford County Fair, Beckford Open Gardens and Bromyard Big Picnic. We chatted to lots of lovely people including may stone house owners who are letting us do descriptions and even have samples of their wonderful homes. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped […]

Confluence of the Yukon and Koyukuk Rivers, Alaska, United States, 1941

Conference Report – Symposium on the Old Red Sandstone, Brecon, October 2014

November 14, 20141:18 pmNovember 12, 2015 4:30 pm

At the start of October Elliot and Kate presented at the inaugural Symposium on the Old Red Sandstone in Brecon. The Old Red Sandstone is the name given to the rocks formed between about 420 and 360 million years ago when Britain was at the margins of an arid desert. Its predominantly red rocks – […]

Finally! A Database

November 11, 20144:36 pmNovember 11, 2015 4:59 pm

I can scarcely believe that it has been a year since I last went overboard drawing fake snow on a volunteer newsletter . Looking back at what I said then I am startled by how close it is to what I planned to say this time around. That is, we are well on the road […]

Project Update – Summer 2014

August 6, 201412:35 pmNovember 11, 2015 4:00 pm

We are now at the end of a wonderful summer, which I hope that you have been able to get out and enjoy. The building stones team have been out and about in the sunshine, promoting the project at different events including the Herefordshire Show, Beckford Open Gardens and Tiddesley Wood Open Day. All of […]

Earth Caches vs. Floods

February 20, 201410:17 amNovember 10, 2015 3:32 pm

Our very first Earth Cache on building stones around Bewdley went up online for the first time earlier this month and we are (justifiably) excited. For the uninitiated among you, an Earth Cache is a high tech hybrid of a treasure hunt and a game of I-spy in which basically, you must go to a […]

Stone gathering, The Fold Cafe, Bransford

Volunteer Get-togethers – March 2014

February 1, 20142:27 pmNovember 12, 2015 4:55 pm

To celebrate the work of our wonderful volunteers we are holding Volunteer Get Togethers in March 2014. Why not join us for coffee and cake, and meet some of the volunteers from other clusters, share your discoveries and get ideas for further research. Thank you for all of your work so far and we look […]

The Latest from Santa’s Data Grotto

December 23, 20131:21 pmNovember 11, 2015 1:39 pm

We are currently reaching the exciting-but-nerve-wracking latter stages of planning the database which will house the wealth of information you are all so busy collecting. We have identified the fields we think we should be collecting. However, these are very much a working model and we would like to know more about how they work […]