Over 14,500 people visit ‘world’s smallest visitor centre’
THE chairman of the Remember-ing Flodden Project has admitted there could be a design fault with a visitor centre at Branxton which has attracted more than 14,500 visitors in the past year.
Clive Hallam-Baker has said the ‘world’s smallest visitor centre’, a red telephone box purchased for just £1 by Branxton Parish Council, has cost just £5 to develop into a visitor centre, detailing the movements of the respective armies prior to the 1513 battle, compared to a £5m scheme at Bannockburn.
Clive joked: “With the amount of visitors we’ve had to the battlefield there might be a design fault!”
He added that further facilities will be added next year, including a wi-fi link and a push-button information point, which will be voiced by a famous name, to be revealed at a later date.
With ambitious plans for the future, many as part of the project to commemorate the anniversary of the battle, a new DVD has been produced with money from sales going back into the project.
The DVD, ‘The Battle of Flodden - Then and Now’ will be officially premiered at Kirknewton Village Hall on Friday, December 2 at 7pm. Admission is £2 and the DVD will be on sale at £9.95, before going on sale at many local shops and visitor centres and via the website www.flodden.net
The DVD was filmed entirely on the battlefield and in the surrounding area and explains the history, the tactics, how the battle progressed and how the outcome of Flodden affected the history of England and of Scotland. It also shows off the beautiful countryside of the area and points out the places that were so closely linked to this important episode in Border heritage and national history.
Plans for next year are already well advance and will see the publication of a new comprehensive battlefield guide which will complement the DVD. The new book will share the DVD title and will contain detail that was not possible to include in the DVD.
Recent visitors to the telephone box and battlefield included a group of archaeology students with Dr Tony Pollard from Glasgow University, from the BBC Two series Two Men in a Trench.
The students took the opportunity to test the capacity of the phone box. The answer - five!
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