Chair of the History of Consett Steelworks Project
I am a real history fan and am passionate about recording and sharing peoples memories and stories. I along with some other contacts set up the Leadgate Community History Club and from this came the History of the Consett Steelworks project. My aim was to record the memories of those who made Consett steel and allow them to be enjoyed now but also by generations to come.
I am looking forward to working with the Project Team to engage with the local community to form a permanent record of the history of Consett steel and Consett people. I am responsible, along with Geoff Morgan, for the Facebook content of the project, so please do get in touch if you have anything you’d like to share – this project is for the community, and it would be great to hear from you!
Although I now live in Reading I was born in Shotley Bridge and lived in the north east until I was 18. Most of my family still live in the area, and I am a regular visitor.
I was 9 when the steelworks closed but its influence on my younger self formed a life-long love of industrial history, specifically iron and steel production, rope haulage and inclines and rail transport.
I now work as a conservator in the heritage sector, and am conscious of the positive impact that heritage can have on people of all ages. It has the power to connect and inspire, and I am looking forward to hearing the stories of the people whose innovation and determination made Consett and Consett steel great. I am particularly interested in hearing about the roles of women at the works, the part religion played in connecting communities and the transport infrastructure that supported steel production.
I also collate content for the website and the Twitter feed, so if you have a story to tell please get in touch – I’d love to hear from you!
Biographies of team members Rob Moran, Geoff Kerr-Morgan and Allen Reilly will be added in the coming weeks.