Holcombe Moor Heritage Group

Local History on the edge of the West Pennine Moors

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Past Events:

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Guided walks (including A History Of The Valley, John Turner's Cave, Holcombe during the World Wars, and others...), Guest Speakers (including Time Team members and local University Doctors, DVD's, Calenders, archaeological digs, research at the Preston Records Office, a tour of Chethams Library ................  

we've done all this and we'll be doing more. Events all year round.


Below are some of the best bits:

Moorland Magic DVD and Calendar for 2007: produced in 2006

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A guided tour of Chethams Library in 2011

 WalkNTalk - 26th June 2012


The evening walk around some of the sites of the valley taking in 6000+ years of history was a big hit!

We had 20 members attend the walk (this was a members only event) and the feedback was so encouraging that we are already planning our next one!

The talk took in the main places that our archaeological and documented history research had been involved in, plus a few we hoped to tackle in the future.

The walk took us to places on the MoD land that the public are not allowed to go to. We are very grateful to have this special access agreement.

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HMHG Membership entitles you to exclusive events

Below are some recent highlights:

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A tour of Cyril Formby's workshop. Cyril is a book restorer and bookbinder and is an expert at book conservation. He is also HMHG's curator of documents and artifacts. We were very privileged to be given an insight into the tricks of this very specialist trade. We are hoping Cyril will do a public talk for us soon.

Jubilee Party - Greenmount Village, Bank Holiday Tuesday, 2012

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Public Events - HMHG are often asked to take part in bigger events run by other groups

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Guest Speakers & Talks

Above Left: the very popular metal detecting pit

Above Middle: Test pit (Trench 1) is opened at Dover Chapel site

Above Right: Our Marquee containing all our displays

Lancashire History Day -

Haslingden Cricket Club 2012

Archaeology Fair

as part of Archaeology Week -

Bolton Museum, July 2012

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We have took part in FIVE events in 2012 where we have put up our displays for the public to see and had members on hand to answer questions. These events are a great opportunity not only to show what we do but to meet interesting people.

In 2012 we have been at: Lancashire History Day, Woolfold Gap Bridge opening, Greenmount Village Jubilee Party, Ramsbottom Heritage Society's 30th Anniversary and Bolton Archaeology Fair

We also attended the Lancashire History Day in 2013 and other local events in that year.

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A Walk N Talk over the moor in July 2016 lead by Mr Smith.


Discussing such mysteries as The Breathing Ground and Whirlwind Hall.


A Members' Walk N Talk - July 2016

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ABOVE: Two talks in 2015 organised by Holcombe Moor Heritage Group.

More talks to come in 2016.