TillVAS Till Valley Archaeological Society
TillVAS             Till Valley Archaeological Society









4th April - AGM. There will be a talk by Richard Carlton on the Mardon dig of 2017.


2nd May - Dr Kirsty McCarrison, Osteoarchaeologist (Durham). To be confirmed.


6th June - Professor Diana Whalley, "Place names in Northumberland"


PROGRAMME – 2018/2019


SEPTEMBER – 5th – Dr. Brian Moffat – Medieval Medicine and its use in the present day.


OCTOBER 7TH (Sunday)   JAMES IV MEMORIAL LECTURE.   Dr. Alex Hildred from the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth.   


NOVEMBER 7TH. - Prof. Ian Haynes, - Roman Temples at Maryport.- – (Cancelled in November 2018)


DECEMBER – 5th-  Dr. Rob Young, Ncle Univ. – “ Excavations at Derwentcote - a study in 19thc Workers housing.” 1856 at Derwentwater Forge, the oldest steel foundry in Britain.


JANUARY 2nd  2019 - Paul Thompson – History of Ford Castle .


FEBRUARY 6th 2019 – Alexander Sotheran – MOD Archaeologist , “Operation Nightingale.”


MARCH 6TH 2019 – Dr. Chris Fowler – Bronze Age Burials in N.E. England and S.E. Scotland.   (Cancelled in March 2018)




MAY 1st  2019 –    Trevor Cowie.  “Vikings in Scotland : some close encounters of the museum kind”.


JUNE 5TH 2019  - Lindsay Allason-Jones – “Riding West: Roman Cavalry Tombstones at Hexham & Beyond


Most of the above events are listed on the Membership Card but other events are listed here, as and when they arise. This list also reflects changes to the programme that occur for various reasons. There will also be a number of summer outings and/or walks and details will appear here in good time; members will be notified by e-mail or letter.


Meetings will usually be held in Crookham Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Members - free. Visitors - £4 per meeting


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Dig at Mardon 2018


Work finished at Mardon on 8th September 2018 with the help of the Young Archaeologists. There have been some wonderful finds including a large quantity of iron age pottery, a loom weight, a quern stone and what may be a flint arrow head. We could not have done any of it without the help of our dig volunteers and the 'background workers' who fetched and carried equipment. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

Our thanks also go once again to George Farr for allowing  us to dig at Mardon farm and of course to the HLF for supporting us so generously.


Tickets for James IV mmorial lecture now on sale.


Dr Alex Hildred




7th October Coldstream Community Centre 2.30


Tickets £6 - available from Maureen



For details of a new rock art project 'CARE' please see Other projects page.

For details of Heritage Open Days please see 'other projects' page

The report for Mardon 2017 has now been completed. See the Archaeology section for more details. HLF has awarded a grant to TillVAS for further work in autumn  2018.

Data Protection - please see the new TillVAS policy statement on the membership page


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.


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Please click on the Latest Newsletter page to see information for the current month.


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 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.