What a year that was…

…IN JANUARY 2017, TWO OF US STARTED WORK ALONG THE TOWPATH. WE WERE JOINED THE FOLLOWING WEEK BY ANOTHER AND SINCE THEN THE TEAM HAS GROWN TO 16 WORKING WEEKLY ON THE SITE, ONE ADMIN PERSON AND SEVERAL WHO HAVE SUPPORTED OTHER ASPECTS OF THE PROJECT SUCH AS: RESEARCHING THE GENEALOGY OF THE HOUSE, ART…

Storytelling and Country Crafts at Riverside House

Today we had the pleasure of welcoming Hannah McDowall to Riverside House. Hannah is a professional story teller and delivers training to help people develop and tell their own stories to support their professional and personal development. Today she told the team a short Native American story about Coyote who Steals the Sun and Moon,…

Archeological Survey at Riverside House

Last week we had a days archeological reconnaissance survey carried out by Kate Churchill and Vanessa Castagnino. The purpose of the survey is to pre-empt the needs for community based excavations. This is an extract from their initial findings: 1.      Subsurface archaeological remains associated with the New Works Iron Works in the south-east corner of…

New Volunteers at Riverside House

Riverside House has recently had the privilege of the support from local people generously offering their time.  From top left clockwise: Rae Hall, Ron Smart, Alan Jones, Odilia Mabrouk, David Harcourt (trustee) and Glenn Morris (Not pictured). Thank you…

Guest Photographer at Riverside House

These images have been taken by Joe Mulford. Joe is an undergraduate at Birmingham City University studying Visual Communication. Joe, who is on the autistic spectrum, is documenting the Riverside House project as part of his course.

£5000 from Community Forum

Riverside House are really pleased to have received £5000 from The Community Forum that will help pay for fencing around the woodland and grade II listed buildings, dry dock and gardens. A big thank you for continuing to support this venture.

Historic pictures of Riverside House

  These images from early-mid 20th Century show the front entrance to Riverside House with its ornate porch. This turn of the century picture is of an archaeological excavation that reveals the narrow gauge railway that was used to transport heavy casted products from the ‘New Foundry’, now the Lion Health Medical Centre, to the…

Riverside House – Brick making at Blists Hill

The final day of our Wall project learning how to make bricks the traditional way with Helen Garbett and Artworks for Change. Informative and great fun! The product of our labours will be on display in our ‘Conversations with an old wall’ exhibition at the end of August.

Gardening Tools Donated to Riverside House

We are very grateful to Saint John’s Church in Stourbridge for the generous donation of gardening tools. These include wheelbarrows, a mower, loppers, hoes, bow-saws, spades and many other tools, all of which will be put to very good use. Thank you very much indeed…