Bob's Mill Diary - May 14, 2012, to National Scouting Magazine

I am an ex DC in Greater Manchester East Scout County.

I am currently the project manager for an Industrial Archaeological conservation programme taking place at Mellor Mill, Stockport.  The site is in rural setting and only 5 minutes walk from Linnet Clough Scout Campsite which is run by Great Manchester East Scout County.

The project is to reveal the foundations, basements and cellars of a 1790 cotton spinning mill built by entrepreneur Samuel Oldknow.

The work of exposing these features and conserving them is carried out, in the main by volunteers.

It has struck me that there is an opportunity for Scouts and Explorers to take advantage of having a well appointed scout campsite next to this important site.  We, Mellor Archaeological Trust, would like to propose offering 4 day courses for interested scouts (either 2 weekends or 4 consecutive days - dates not yet decided) to work alongside experienced archaeologists and gain the Scout Heritage Badge under alternative A.

There would be no charge by Mellor Archaeological Trust for the course and (I guess) standard camping fees would be required by Linnet Clough Scout Campsite.

If you feel this offer would be suitable as an article for your magazine please contact me and I will put something together immediately.   I can also include photographs for the article.