THE story of the Battle of Flodden of 1513 will be told to hundreds of local schoolchildren to ensure its significance lives on.
Jane Miller has been appointed education officer for the Flodden 1513 Project with the task of raising awareness of the battle.
Along with two assistants, Jane will be responsible for delivering educational activities to 6,000 children in-school and 6,300 children at the battlefield and other ecomuseum sites.
The aim is to increase children’s understanding of the significance of the battle, a crushing loss for the Scots, by putting it into its wider context of religion, politics, technology and life in Tudor times.
Jane, who lives in Ladykirk, graduated from York with a degree in archaeology and has worked as an education officer in South Tyneside and as a children’s speech and language therapist for NHS Borders.
She said: The Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum is an extremely exciting project that has captured the imagination of many local people, and I am delighted to be part of it.
“I am looking forward to introducing children and adults on both sides of the border to this exciting time in our shared history.
“I know from personal experience how the story can spark a child’s interest, having spent many happy days with my own son looking around Etal Castle Museum, he was determined that we should visit Flodden field to see where it all happened.”
The battle, in September 1513, led to the death of the Scottish King James IV and up to 15,000 soldiers and paved the way for the subsequent Union of the Crowns.
Project co-ordinator Alistair Bowden, said: “We are delighted to have Jane on board, her knowledge and experience will benefit Flodden in many ways.
“Through her work, children in particular will be able to discover more about this nationally significant battle through classroom learning and hands on practical skills.
“For example, we have archaeological digs taking place at set times throughout the year, giving children, and adults alike, something real to explore and Jane’s previous experience will be invaluable in helping make the story come alive.”
The Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum, is a community led venture that links events and 12 key sites around the area of the battlefield. Jane is part of the team who will deliver projects connected with three key inter-related areas: history, education and tourism.
The ecomuseum offers a new perspective on how to interpret ‘heritage and association of place’. It is a concept which allows the interconnection of sites or projects which are associated to a central theme or story.
The Flodden 1513 Project has £1.3 million of funding with the largest contribution of £877,000 provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The education officer and two education assistants will deliver educational activities to schools until July 2015.
For more information on the all the activities taking place to mark the anniversary please visit www.flodden1513.com