TillVAS is a not-for-profit organisation recognised as charitable by HMRC.
The Society's core aim is "To encourage and promote the study of the archaeology, heritage and history of the catchment area of the River Till and the eastern Border lands of England and Scotland".
We would like to share with you our interest in and enthusiasm for, everything to do with the history of the Till Valley and its river catchment, in north Northumberland, together with the eastern Border lands, once known as the English and Scottish Marches.
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Photo-River Till, looking south from Twizel Bridge
The website has a dual purpose:-
Firstly, we wish to reach as wide an audience as possible so that, hopefully, those interested will want to attend meetings, excursions, archaeological 'digs', field walking and social occasions and become members of the Society.
Secondly, the intention is to keep members up-to-date with all the latest news and to inform them on what has happened, what is happening and what is planned for the future.
The Till Valley and the eastern Borders are rich in history and archaeological sites, set in attractive and varied landscapes. The River Till rises high up in the Cheviot Hills and is named the River Breamish in its upper reaches, becoming the River Till at Bewick Mill. It is a major tributary of the River Tweed and, unlike other tributaries, its course lies entirely in England. It is a long river, perhaps 40 miles, although it is difficult to be precise because of its many twists and turns before it finally flows into the River Tweed at Tillmouth.
All photos on this and other pages © TillVAS or members who have given permission.
Photo-A concentrated effort in a trench below Branxton Hill in the area where the Scots army found themselves in difficult ground on 9th September 1513 at the Battle of Flodden.
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PLEASE SUPPORT THE NEXT LECTURE
which will be on Sunday, 9th October at 2.30pm in Coldstream Community Centre. This is the annual JAMES IV MEMORIAL LECTURE which, this year, is being delivered by Dr Glenn Foard, PhD, MA, FSA, Reader in Battlefield Archaeology, University of Huddersfield. His lecture is entitled "Bosworth 1485—a Battlefield Re-discovered". His team discovered artefacts to support his theory that the site of the battle was several miles from where it was originally thought to have been. There will be a charge of £5 p.person for members and for visitors to include refreshments. Please send a cheque (made out to Till Valley Archaeological Society) with a S.A.E to Maureen Charlton, East Flodden Cottage, Milfield NE71 6JF.
Tickets can also be reserved for collection at the door by ringing Maureen on 01668 216091
Many thanks to Dr David Caldwell and Richard Carlton for leading the party following in the footsteps of the Scottish army on 17th September from Wark to Ellemford to Abbey St. Bathans, Ladykirk and Norham. Also, thanks to Alistair Bowden of Flodden 1513 for organising the day.
REMINDER of other forthcoming events:-
1. 2nd October - 12 noon, free lunch at Branxton Village Hall followed by walk at 2.00pm with historic buildings expert, Peter Ryder. A Branxton & Crookham Village Atlas event but open to everyone.
2. 22nd October - Visit to Armstrong Household and Farming Museum at 2pm preceded by a visit to Belford Museum and an informal lunch at Sunnyhills Farm cafe, Belford. There will be a charitable donation of £4 to the farming museum.Details have been sent to members.
3. 5th November - 10am, Crookham Village Hall. Walk with Peter Ryder followed by free lunch at the hall. A Branxton & Crookham Village Atlas event but open to everyone.
MEMBERS' WRITTEN CONTRIBUTIONS
Please see a new section on the website—click on the appropriate tab above. Contributions are coming in. Please keep sending them!
LENNEL KIRK, COLDSTREAM.
Please click on the Archaeology News tab above for details of the conservation programme and opportunities for volunteering.
Berwick Museum & Art Gallery and Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum have organised exhibition dates and times as follows:-
1. Berwick Museum & Art Gallery, Berwick Barracks, Berwick: 18th June - 29th August.
2. Coldstream Museum: 9th September - 31st October.
BRANXTON & CROOKHAM VILLAGE ATLAS PROJECT
There are some important meetings of the Activity Groups scheduled over the next few months. Please click on the appropriate tag above, which will take you to the Village Atlas page and give you all the dates, times and places of the meetings.
ALL MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, TILLVAS MEMBERS AND MEMBERS OF OTHER ATLAS GROUPS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO ATTEND ANY OF THESE MEETINGS (except the Steering Committee).
Please click on the Latest Newsletter page to see information for the current month.
PREVIOUS LECTURE AND OTHER REPORTS
Click on Reports on Events, above, for detailed accounts and press reports.
The Society operates a bookstall at all its meetings.
Items for sale include:-
1. The Society's first publication Breamish and Till: From Source to Tweed at £10 per copy and
2. Vivian Wilcock's Andrew Todd 1844-1908 ( with research input by TillVAS members) at £5 per copy.
See the Publications page for more about these books. Copies of Breamish and Till are also available in Cornhill Village Shop, Etal Village Shop and Ford Village Shop.
There are also archaeological books and journals for sale. Net proceeds of sale go to TillVAS funds.