Lottery grant for Tweed 1000 project

The Tweed 1000 project has received £8,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting scheme to commemorate the 1,000th anniversary of the 1018 Battle of Carham.

Thursday, 1st February 2018, 08:22 am

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will focus on celebrating 1,000 years of Berwick’s history which was shaped by the outcome of the Battle of Carham which pushed the Scottish Border down to the River Tweed, creating Berwick as the border town that we know today.

The project will allow the local community and visitors to discover the impact that the battle had on shaping Berwick, to have some fun during a weekend of medieval living history on July 21 and 22, an exhibition entitled Defending Berwick and the Border and also by community involvement in the creation of a tapestry to celebrate 1,000 years of history which will provide a lasting legacy for the town.

Tweed 1000 is a voluntary organisation established to commemorate the event, working with 56 Degrees North – Creative Studios, which is coordinating the creation of the tapestry, and local historian Derek Sharman, who is co-ordinating the living history weekend and exhibition.

Tweed 1000 chairman Dave Blackburn said: “We are thrilled to have received support thanks to National Lottery players. We are confident the project will engage our local community and visitors in commemorating this important historical event for Berwick.

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Ivor Crowther, head of HLF North East, said: “We’re delighted to support this project which will enable people of all ages to commemorate and explore the impact of the Battle of Carham and celebrate 1,000 years of Berwick’s heritage.”