Berwick Time Lines to launch at London show

Jim Herbert exploring the history of Berwick Town Hall

Jim Herbert exploring the history of Berwick Town Hall

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A Berwick historian is taking a slice of the town’s past to Britain’s premier genealogy show.

Advertiser columnist Jim Herbert is taking Berwick Time Lines to the Who Do You Think You Are - Live 2014 exhibition in London, which runs from February 20-22.

Jim is heading to the capital after teaming up with Coldstream historian Susie Douglas of Border Ancestry. Susie has been running her business for the last year, and had taken a stand at the show.

The pair met through the Berwick Record Office while working on the Flodden 500 transcription project. “We got chatting and collaborating on one or two things, and she invited me to join her,” Jim explained.

The two researchers complement each other’s services well - while Susie researches families, Jim is interested in looking into the landscape and built environments, where these people from the past lived and worked.

“I had been considering starting my own business touring Berwick Castle and the town’s defences, and providing education and research services for some time,” Jim said. “This was the nudge I needed. How many small businesses from up here get to launch from the centre of London? It’s a fantastic opportunity.”

Susie and Jim’s stand will be the only one at the show representing Northumberland and the Borders. Keen not only to promote the past, but what the area has to offer now, they have been working with Visit Berwick, Northumberland Tourism and other local tourism attractions.

“We hope to see some people from the north at the exhibition to talk about their past,” Jim added. Tickets are available from

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