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20-22 November 2019

Experimental Studio, Baltic 39, NE1 1EW

Charles Danby and Rob Smith, in conjunction with the Lowick Heritage Group, present the first iteration of Lowick Lime, an exhibition and event that explores the lime industry’s entanglement with materials, ecologies, people and histories in the village of Lowick on the Scottish Borders.






















Lowick Lime engages with the Lowick Heritage Group’s initiative to restore a 19th century lime kiln. It expands the historical site of the kiln through the activation of walking routes, ecological and architectural surveys, the micro-industrial production of quicklime, community archaeology, the marking of hidden industrial sites, and archival storytelling. These actions negotiate alternative understandings of what restoration means, consider the contemporary significance of lime in the region and ask how it continues to inform the interrelationships of people with the land.


Wednesday 20 – Friday 22 November Wednesday 4-6pm, Thursday – Friday 10am-6pm

The exhibition takes the form of an expansive drawing that re-orientates aspects of the geological, social, economic and industrial structures of the village of Lowick within the space of the Experimental Studio. A floating conical archival structure provides a ‘meeting place’ for publics with ‘tellings’ of Lowick, through objects, materials, scripts and artefacts.

Event: Unearthing Lowick Lime

Friday 22 November, 6-8pm

Unearthing Lowick Lime is an event in two parts. Part 1 is an open discussion hosted by Charles Danby, Rob Smith and the Lowick Heritage Group. It will think- through the actions and negotiations that are ongoing in Lowick, and unravel some its complex relationships to its geological and industrial limestone landscapes. It will ask how a 19th century lime kiln opens new interactions with Lowick’s industrial past, how it forms contemporary meanings for the residents today and provides Lowick with opportunities for new kinds of future-building.

Part 2 is a performed reading of a script by members of the Lowick Heritage Group. The script is the latest in a series written by social historian Julie Gibbs for the people of Lowick, and is the first to be performed and read outside of the village. It is compiled from extensive archival sources that create an exacting storytelling through characters and events from Lowick’s past. This script draws on the conflicting interests surrounding Lowick’s lime industry between 1839 and 1842.

Charles Danby and Rob Smith have worked collaboratively since 2011. Together they explore site and land use in the transforming industrial landscape of the UK. Their work draws on histories and legacies of Land Art practices, exploring new approaches to site- based contemporary art making within the material and digital environments of bordered land sites such as quarries, islands, forests, and national parks.

The Lowick Heritage Group was established to maintain an appreciation of its 4,000 year history as a settlement and to promote life-long learning among local people and visitors to the village.

Lowick Lime is hosted by Northumbria University and Baltic 39 as part of the UK- wide Humanities festival, Being Human: Discoveries and Secrets, 2019.


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A vacancy has arisen on the Parish Council. An election is not required, and the Council is looking for an interested and active member of the community to join it.

Why not join and be an active member of our local community and help us to improve local services?

You must:

  • be over 18 and on the electoral register or a resident of the Parish or live within three miles of the Parish as the crow flies or own a business in the Parish
  • be able to attend evening meetings every month
  • have an interest in local issues
  • have a desire to improve the quality of life in the Parish
  • be able to represent the views of local people
  • be prepared to actively take part in improving our community

The position is unpaid and voluntary, but some expenses such as training are paid for by the Parish Council.

You may put yourself forward, or nominate another person, so long as you have their consent.

Please let us have your suggestion by 21st November, at the latest.

For further details contact the Parish Clerk at lowickparishcouncil@btconnect.com.



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  • Time is closing in for the nominations for this year’s COMMUNITY AWARD. The winners will be chosen on Thursday 21st November, at the next PC meeting. Please let us have you ideas by then.
  • A nomination form is in the shop, or you can email a suggestion using the form below.









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Events in Bowsden and Fenwick, our neighbours and friends, are covered in the two monthly newsletters edited by Harry Wilson & Colin Wakeling. From now on, Lowick.Live will post these on its pages as PDFs for you to open and read – in case you do not recieve a copy yourself. We start with the October editions here.


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  • Tonight at 7.00pm in the Village Hall we will hold our second rehearsal of the script for MAGNOLIA & THE MAGNIFICENT 7. Anyone who would like to join in – please come along, and claim a role! There are tasks that don’t need performance skills at all!!
  • Interested and can’t come? E-mail me at Lowick Live via the Contact page.


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The Heritage Group announces its last coffee morning of the year on Wednesday, 13th November, 10.00 until 12.00 in Lowick Village Hall. Coffee, cakes and conversation. Open to all.


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  • Saturday’s walk [Nov 2nd] to explore some of the historic lime workings around Lowick was an amazing success. Lovely weather, a sizeable group and the excellent planning and leadership of Charles and Rob made for a great day. Members of the Lowick Heritage Group took a walk to the Dryburn Lime Kiln, and took part in an action that made the kiln an active part of the landscape once more.
  • The circular walk took in many of the sites of the lime industry that have shaped Lowick and its landscape in the past, and considered how the lime continues to be an active part of the village today.
  • Members of the group who have been working towards a restoration of the kiln were on hand to share their experiences and insights
  • Signal flares were used to re-imagine the smoke the kilns in the area once produced and collectively marked the site of the Dryburn today.
  • The walk continued the loop through other quarries, tramways and spoil heaps, and returned to the Black Bull.
  • Any questions about the project, please contact Paul Langdale: lowickheritagegroup@gmail.com or 01289 388842