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STORM Gathers in Mellor! Mellor Archaeological Trust (MAT) is the lead organisation in the UK involved in a Europe wide initiative to reduce the impact of climate change, natural hazards and human...
Become a Friend of the Mellor Archaeological Trust Friends of the Mellor Archaeological Trust was set up in 1999 to support the work of the Trust in uncovering the archaeology and heritage of...
STORM Gathers in Mellor!
Mellor Archaeological Trust (MAT) is the lead organisation in the UK involved in a Europe wide initiative to reduce the impact of climate change, natural hazards and human actions on heritage. The project, called STORM (Safeguarding Cultural Heritage through Technical and Organisational Resources Management), involves the use of predictive models and non-destructive methods of survey and diagnosis to predict environmental changes and to reveal the threats and conditions that may damage our cultural heritage sites. The budget for the project is 7.2 million Euros. It brings together partners from Italy, Portugal, Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
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About the Trust
Friends of the Trust Membership Form 2016-2017 here
The Trust was formed in 2000 following the discovery in 1998 of an Iron Age ditch in the garden of The Old Vicarage next to Mellor Church. Excavations continued to 2009 and have been described as the largest excavation for a generation of a hillfort in North West England "with results as important as those at Beeston Castle". There have been finds from Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Romano-British and Medieval times. In 2007, the Trust extended its activities to cover the whole history of the whole Parish of Mellor. Digs, which are continuing annually, at the Bronze Age burial site of Shaw Cairn on Mellor Moor included finding of nearly 100 beads of an amber necklace in 2008/9. Current work is focused on Mellor Mill, the largest and most impressive cotton mill in the world when it was built in 1790-92. It was burnt out in 1892. The area became woodland, which is now being converted into a small country park showing the remains of the mill and other buildings.
Enjoy reading about the archaeology, history and buildings of Mellor and find out about volunteering, events, publications and other activities.
MAT Safety Policy & Manual available here as a .pdf file
Where is Mellor?
Now on the edge of Stockport in Greater Manchester, Mellor's location is historically important.
On the south-west and north-west, it is bordered by the two great rivers, Goyt and Etherow, which drain the SW Peak District and join to form the Mersey at the lowest point of Mellor.
On the east, a high ridge overlooks a valley, behind which is Kinder Scout. Three spurs, separated by brooks, project west from the ridge.