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Branxton & Crookham Village Atlas Project

A two and a half years project which started in March 2015 and which ends in September 2017.

 

Director: Richard Carlton (richard.carlton@newcastle.ac.uk)

 

Project Manager: Mike Keating (Tel. 01890 820599)

FORD SCHOOL & TILLVAS VILLAGE ATLAS.

 

A few months ago it was agreed that the Branxton & Crookham Village Atlas needed to involve schoolchildren and Jane Miller, a Committee Member and Education & Outreach Officer at Berwick Museum & Art Gallery agreed to work with the staff and pupils of Hugh Joicey C of E First School at Ford under the “Museums and Archives Northumberland” (Woodhorn) banner.

Discussions with the Head Teacher, Jacqueline Dalrymple resulted in the pupils, aged between 5 and 9 years, creating their own Village Atlas, a whole school project running from Easter to the summer holidays.

Jane has run a number of workshops, including a “Battle of Flodden Workshop” which fitted in with work the children were currently doing, then moved on to more specialised work – looking at Trade Directories, Census Records, old maps and photographs before they took  part in an archaeological excavation at Ford Moss.  The teaching staff also took the children to visit Ford Castle, Ford Church and Heatherslaw Mill.   The children then designed a Village trail, illustrated by photographs and videos.

As a result of their hard work they have been awarded Heritage Hero Awards by Archaeology Scotland, the first school in England to receive the awards.

On Tuesday 18th July, Richard Carlton, Director of the Branxton and Crookham Village Atlas Project, Mike Keating Project Manager, Heather  Pentland and myself attended the morning Assembly at Ford School, when Mike presented Certificates to all the pupils before a number of proud parents.   The work they had done was outstanding, particularly the art work and verses written and read out by several of the children, the photographs and videos.   They were obviously delighted to receive their Certificates and I have no doubt that they will have pride of place on many walls.

Our thanks go to Head Teacher Jacqueline Dalrymple and her staff for all their help.

Maureen Charlton

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25th February 2016—In the photo, some of the members of the Archaeology Group are examining LiDAR images of the Branxton & Crookham townships and relating anomalies shown on the images to their position on OS maps of different scales and dates.  The next stage will be to bring in further information from Google Earth photographs, aerial photographs and from site inspections. The information gathered by the volunteers will cover a large part of the Village Atlas area and will provide important data for analysis and discussion with the Project Director, Richard Carlton, and with David Astbury of Newcastle University. The LiDAR images have been provided by David Astbury who followed up his talk to the Society in May 2015, with a targeted tutorial before the volunteers started on their research. This particular project will provide useful information for other aspects of the Archaeology Group's work.

 

 

'Archive Evenings' will be held on advertised dates when the meetings will be open to members of the public as well as project participants.

 

At meetings of the Social History Group, there will be a chance to look at all the material that has been gathered so far and enable participants to discuss progress. At 'occasional meetings' and at meetings of the Social History Group, the TillVAS archives cupboards will be open under the supervision of the archivist.

 

Steering Committee. This will be held at approximately three monthly intervals in Crookham Village Hall. The dates will be passed to members and will also appear on the website.

 

Important 'historical' dates:-

29th April 2015 — The first meeting of the Activity Groups was held in Crookham Village Hall. Three groups were formed, Oral Evidence, Social History and Historic Buildings. An Archaeology Group will be formed later when a site (as well as garden pit sites) has been identified, with many of its members coming from the other groups. In the meantime, the three groups had good initial meetings and each of them elected representatives for organising the group and for attending the overall Steering Committee. (Update-Archaeology Group now formed)

13th May 2015— The Village Walk around Crookham started from Crookham Village Hall at 6.30pm, after refreshments and a chance to look at the displays of photographs and documents relating to Crookham. It was a fine evening and we looked at buildings and heard stories about them from one end of the village to the other, with the occasional worthwhile deviation down side turnings! It was a good startand gave much food for thought to members of all three of the Activity Groups.

14th May 2015— The Village Walk around Branxton started from Branxton Village Hall at 6.30pm at Branxton Village Hall. The arrangements were similar to the above and the interest shown by Branxton residents matched that shown by Crookham residents the evening before.

SEE THE PHOTOGRAPH GALLERY

10th June 2015— Inaugural meeting of the Archaeology Group at 4pm in Crookham Village Hall.

11th June 2015— Talk by Ian Roberts, a training session for the Social History Group and Historic Buildings Group from 10am until 12 noon in Crookham Village Hall.

22nd June 2015— Talk by the Director, Richard Carlton, a training session for the Historic Buildings Group from 10am until 12 noon in Crookham Village Hall.

29th June 2015— Meeting of the Historic Buildings Group to examine maps and plans of farms and buildings in the two villages and to consider the allocation of researchers to buildings.

Thursday, 23rd July 2015 — A meeting of the Archaeology Group, in Crookham Village Hall.

Thursday, 23rd July 2015 — A meeting of the Oral History Group, in Crookham Village Hall.

29th to 31st August 2015— Excavation of garden test pits at Branxton & Crookham.

7th September 2015— Steering Committee meeting at 6.30pm in Crookham Village Hall.

10th December 2015— Steering Committee meeting at 6.30pm in Crookham Village Hall.

12th January 2016 — 'Update' meeting for Steering Committee and Archaeology Group at 2.00pm in Crookham Village Hall.

5th February 2016 — A meeting of the Social History Group at 2.00pm in Crookham Village Hall.

25th February 2016 — A meeting of the Archaeology Group at 10.30am im Crookham Village Hall.

27th February 2016—A 'drop-in' meeting for a look at the TillVAS archives at 2.00pm in Crookham Village Hall.

8th March 2016—A meeting of the Oral History Group at 10.00am in Crookham Village Hall.

8th March 2016—A meeting of the Archaeology Group at 11.00am in Crookham Village Hall.

8th March 2016—A meeting of the Historic Buildings Group at 2.00pm in Crookham Village Hall.

2nd April 2016—A meeting of the Archaeology Group at 2.00pm in Crookham Village Hall.

15th April 2016—A meeting of the Social History Group at 2.00pm in Crookham Village Hall.

25th April 2016—A meeting of the Steering Committee at 10.30am in Crookham Village Hall.

12th July 2016—A meeting of the Historic Buildings Group at 2.00pm in Crookham Village Hall.

27th July 2016—A meeting of the Steering Committee at 2.00pm in Crookham Village Hall.

28th September 2016—A meeting of the Steering Committee at 10.00am in Crookham Village Hall.

2nd October 2016—'Branxton Day'. A lunch in Branxton Village Hall followed at 2.00pm by a walk around the village with Peter Ryder. Display of local history photos and documents.

14th October 2016—A meeting of the Social History Group at 2.00pm in Crookham Village Hall.

25th October 2016—A meeting of the Historic Buildings Group at 2.00pm in Crookham Village Hall.

5th November 2016—'Crookham Day'. A walk around the village with Peter Ryder at 11.00am followed by 'soup n' roll' in Crookham Village Hall. Display of local history photos and documents including work by the Historic Buildings Group.

22nd November 2016—A meeting of the Archaeology Group at 10.00am in Crookham Village Hall.

14th December 2016—A meeting of the Steering Committee at 10.00am in Crookham Village Hall.

6th February 2017—A meeting of the Historic Buildings Group at 2.00pm in the Lavender Tearooms, Etal.

6th February 2017—A meeting of the Archaeology Group at 3.00pm in the Lavender Tearooms, Etal.

10th February 2017—A meeting of the Social History Group at 2.30pm in Crookham Village Hall.

8th March 2017—A meeting of the Steering Group at 10.00am in Crookham Village Hall.

20th March 2017—A meeting of the Archaeology Group at 10.30am in Crookham Village Hall followed by a site inspection on Mardon Farm.

Historic Buildings Group—A meeting of the Historic Buildings Group at 10.00amon Monday, 10th April 2017 in Crookham Village Hall.

 

The original Village Walks in April and May 2015 provided the trigger for separate meetings to be held of the three Activity Groups, each of which will, in their different ways, encompass the history and development of  the two villages. There will be liaison and exchange of information between the three Groups, co-ordinated by the newly-formed Steering Committee. This committee comprises:

Richard Carlton, Director of the Project

Mike Keating, Project Manager

Val Keating, representing the Oral History Group

Valerie Glass, representing the Social History Group

Antony Chessell, representing the Historic Buildings Group

Heather Pentland, representing the Archaeology Group

Maureen Charlton,TillVAS committee representative

The Branxton & Crookham Village Atlas project was launched at two public meetings held in Branxton and Crookham Village Halls on the evenings of 8th and 9th April. The Society welcomed residents from the two villages as well as other visitors who were interested in the project.

 

After partaking of wine, tea and coffee and sampling a spread of mouth-watering light refreshments, the audiences heard from the Chairman of TillVAS, Antony Chessell, on the background and concept of the project followed by power-point presentations by the Project Director, Richard Carlton, and the Project Manager, Mike Keating. Richard Carlton described the possible scope of the project, illustrated by examples from other village atlases. Mike Keating gave a run-down of how this project might progress under the different activity headings with details of the HLF funding and the 18 month timescale.

 

This was followed by a Question and Answer session and then the audience were invited to register their interest in one or more of the activity groups shown below. We were pleased that people were willing to sign up under each of the headings and this means that we have a good foundation for the groups. Everyone will be contacted very soon.

 

More information will be posted here as the project proceeds. The emphasis will be on keeping up the momentum. In the meantime, if anyone who has not already expressed an interest in taking part, but would like to do so, please contact the Project Manager, Mike Keating.

The Activities Groups are:-

 

1. Oral History.

 

2. Historic Buildings.

 

3. Social History.

 

4. Archaeology.

Click on the Photograph Gallery for photos relating to the Public Meetings that launched the project and subsequent events as these take place. Many more photos will follow!

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News

A new list of photographs of Branxton have been added to the archives.

 

See Archaeology News for information about our dig at Mardon

 

Congratulations to Ford School! See 'Village Atlas News' for details or  follow the link to the Berwickshire Advertiser for more details. http://www.berwick-advertiser.co.uk/news/heritage-heroes-are-the-first-in-england-1-4519447

ADVANCE NOTICE OF 2017 SUMMER EXCAVATION

Some very good news!

Please click on Archaeology News, above

FLODDEN 1513 WEBSITE

This website continues in a new format and is being kept up-to-date with information about the battle, the ecomuseum, the 41 sites on the network and much more. Please click on the Links page, above, in order to access the site. There is also information about 'The Way Ahead' on the Archaeology page, above.

TillVAS ARCHIVES

The Society has an extensive collection of documents and photographs held in its secure archives. These are invaluable for members wishing to study the local history of the area or wishing to gather information for e.g. the  Village Atlas Project. Please click on the tag above to see the catalogues. Anyone wishing to access the archives should contact the Society's Archivist, Maureen Charlton or the Assistant Archivist, Julia Day.

MEMBERS' WRITTEN CONTRIBUTIONS

Please see a new section on the website—click on the appropriate tab above.  Please let us have your thoughts, in prose or in verse.

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.

BOOKSTALL

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 and the Lavender Tea Rooms and Village Shop in Etal.

 

There are also archaeological books and journals for sale. Net proceeds of sale go to TillVAS funds.