A series of 'archaeology weekend' excavations have been carried out at the site of an 18th century iron slitting mill since 2006. Volunteers have investigated the site, and revealed evidence for structures and industrial waste associated with the iron processing industrial use of the site. The nearby Carr Mill smelted iron, which was then converted into sheet iron at Stanley Bank, which could then be cut into strip and rods for use by nail makers and coopers.
More recently our archaeologists have worked with offenders on Community Payback sentences to explore the Stanley Bank Copper Works. The copper works operated from 1772 to 1815 though the detailed location of the site had been long forgotten. Hand-dug test-pits excavated in what was thought to be the location of the works soon found large quantities of copper slag and what might be the floor of the furnace.