A LAKE District mine which closed its doors in 1962 could be re-opened as a visitor attraction.

A research team from Lancaster University is looking at whether Greenside Lead Mine near Patterdale could be developed - celebrating local heritage and boosting the economy.

Professor Edward Truch from Lancaster University Management School said: “The project is in the early stages but after getting the support of the parish council and receiving an overwhelmingly positive response from a public meeting a few weeks ago, we are compiling a report to see what a new heritage attraction in Glenridding could look like.

"The report will weigh up different options that offer different sorts of experiences – from opening up a part of the mine, for example, to creating a replica section of a mine, to using new and emerging technology to provide a realistic mining experience from an altogether different location."

As part of the project, schoolchildren from Patterdale Primary School got stuck into a full day of activities, organised by the Lancaster University students, all linked to the mine’s history - painting stones from the mine retrieved from the local river, donned Victorian dress to put on mini plays depicting what mining life was like, and, using computer software, helped design a futuristic visitor centre.

The results of their hard work will be put on display in local shops and hotels to raise awareness of the project - ahead of a final report being presented to Patterdale Parish Council at the end of summer 2018.

The project looking at future possibilities for the mine is being led by local man, Tim Clarke.

A formal feasibility study is being carried out by Lancaster University’s Connected Community Research Lab which will assess the need for an attraction, community support and the economic benefits it may bring.

"Working with the children of Patterdale School was absolutely fantastic and very worthwhile," added Professor Truch.

"They provided us with some great ideas and valuable suggestions which will definitely be considered. These young people are the next generation and important members of the community - growing up with digital technology means their expectations may be different to that of their parents and grandparents, so their insight is vital. We hope they also learned a lot about the history of their local community and a little more about Lancaster University– while having a lot of fun.”

Liz Stewart, head teacher of Patterdale CoE Primary School, said: “It is so important that children learn about their local history - the story behind Greenside Mines and its impact on the people and landscape should never be forgotten.

"The children have been inspired by the stories and history and were full of ideas.

"The day was diverse - every child had plenty of opportunity to be involved and show their individual talents. Hopefully, some of their work may be included in a new tourist attraction to celebrate the people and work of Greenside Mine.”