The SCRCA Project - 1: Introduction and Overview

At the beginning of 2012, a very small group of volunteers launched a long-term project to:

The statistics below illustrate the scale of the project and the wide variety of location types that are being catalogued and recorded:

In the longer term, it is hoped that the scope of the SCRCA Project can be extended to cover some of the smaller structures, including boundary markers, signals, signs and some of the key archaeological sites connected with the construction of the Settle-Carlisle Railway. (A start has been made on the latter for the Ribblehead-Blea Moor area).

Background & Context

The 'Background & Context' briefing document places the SCRCA Project in context by providing:

  • a brief overview of the purpose and management of Conservation Areas in general;
  • the background to evaluating Conservation Area structures that may be under threat of alteration or demolition / removal;
  • the historical precedent for embracing 'managed change' within the SCRCA; and
  • a quick look at the implications of all this for the SCRCA Project.

The SCRCA Project Database

Although the task of gathering and uploading material is still ongoing, the project has already generated a significant quantity of material (information, images, etc.). One of the primary objectives of the project is to provide public access to this material wherever it is appropriate for us to do so. You can 'virtually visit' and 'virtually explore' the SCRCA from the comfort of your desk, armchair, etc. via the following main menu options, each of which provides a slightly different view over the database:

  • Virtually Visit the operational sites and standing structures within the SCRCA.
  • Virtually Explore the SCRCA using interactive maps or aerial imagery.
  • Delve into the details via the comprehensive Gazetteer. This provides access to ALL of the locations in the database including:
    • structures that have been demolished;
    • sites that are no longer operational;
    • archaeological sites; and
    • locations that have not yet been assessed (the details of which may be inaccurate).

The SCRCA Project uses a wide variety of both general and specialist terminology. The latter includes terms drawn from the fields of archaeology, architecture and conservation, as well as from railway engineering and railway operations. The Glossary of Terms lists - and provides brief definitions for - some of this essential 'jargon' and this will be expanded to include architectural terminology when we begin to upload 'formal descriptions' for key locations. All of the locations (sites and structures) associated with the SCRCA Project have been classified by location 'type'. Some have been further classified by location 'variant'. A list of the types and variants (with definitions and examples) can be accessed via the Location Types and Location Variants options in the footer menu.

Some of the locations within the SCRCA benefit from additional official protection such as 'listing' (for structures) and 'scheduling' (for sites). A list of the various protection categories associated with the SCRCA Project is available via the Protection Categories option in the footer menu.

A series of articles accompanies and expands upon the location-specific information and the SCRCA Project Reference Sources page highlights opportunities for 'further reading'.

The SCRCA Project: Notes regarding data control, copyright and usage page covers the subjects indicated in the title.

Get involved

If you'd like to help us with any aspect of the SCRCA Project, we would very much like to hear from you. The key tasks associated with the project are listed and briefly explained on the SCRCA Project: Getting Involved page.

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