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October 19, 2021

‘What’s Beneath Our Feet?’ Workshop for Home-Ed Groups at The Sill

Home-educated young people studying at Key Stage 2 level, and their guardians, are invited to join The Common Room...

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Home-educated young people studying at Key Stage 2 level, and their guardians, are invited to join The Common Room team at The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre, for a workshop which explores rocks, fossils and scientific investigation.

About this event

Mining is dangerous work, with perils always waiting beyond the next strike of a pickaxe. Safely finding your way underground as you dig means being able to read hundreds of millions of years of the Earth’s history from the minerals around you. The Common Room and the Mining Institute (NEIMME) have a history of sharing this knowledge and making underground exploration safe.

Our ‘What’s Beneath Our Feet?’ workshop links to parts of the National Curriculum relating to rocks and fossils and scientific investigation. Throughout the workshop, young people are encouraged to develop their scientific skills as they explore and get hands-on with coal, strata (the layers underneath our feet) and geology specimens from The Common Room’s collection, as well as linking to the North of England’s rich mining heritage.

Groups will also be able to visit The Common Room’s Graft & Glory exhibition (currently at The Sill) before or after their workshop.

Graft & Glory tells the story of our region’s engineers. They invented, innovated and campaigned to make mining safer, not only in the North East, but also around the world. It is the story of our region’s graft and glory: our responses to challenges facing industry, past, present and future.

Event Timings

Date: Tuesday 19th October 2021

Time: 12:30pm

Workshop lasts no longer than 90 minutes

Booking information

To book your free tickets, please email lucy.stockdale@thecommonroom.org.uk with the number of tickets you require.

These workshops are for are ideally suited to those studying at Key Stage 2 level.

Home Education groups: As capacity is limited due to social distancing measures, we kindly ask you to limit the number of adults and infants attending with your party if possible and practical. Please ensure you book a ticket for everyone in your party, not just children.

Additional information

The Northumberland National Park Authority is following current government guidelines. Given the high levels of Covid infection in our region, and the impact on staffing through the need for some to self-isolate, they are having to review their services and Covid provisions on an ongoing basis. Please check The Sill’s website for further updated information ahead of your visit.

About The Sill

The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre is a hub for the rural economy; a laboratory; centre and base for education from primary to tertiary level; a driver for the Northumberland economy; a celebration and a reminder of the importance of landscape in understanding who we are as a nation, and a place to emphasise the importance of its care. Their vision is to transform how people connect with landscape and to inspire a new generation and generations to come.



October 19, 2021


The Sill
National Landscape Discovery Centre, Bardon Mill
Hexham, Northumberland NE47 7AN United Kingdom
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