Battle’s place in history to be highlighted

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In 1018, the Battle of Carham defined the border between Scotland and England, and plans to mark the occasion have received a boost from the National Lottery.

A £47,200 Heritage Lottery Fund grant to the Battlefields Trust’s north east and Borders branch will help local people research the battle.

A micro-museum is planned in the disused phonebox at Carham, data will be transmitted by wi-fi from interpretation boards and a website, Facebook page and school information packs will be developed.

The Battlefields Trust is a national charity that liaises with local groups to investigate and preserve battlefields.

The new Carham 1018 Society wants to share the battle’s story with a wider audience.

Today, Carham is little more than a few houses and a farm steading, but it was here, 1,000 years ago, that the ancient kingdom of Northumbria was split after an English army was defeated by the joint forces of Malcolm II, King of Scots, and King Owen of Strathclyde.

The northern border of Northumbria shifted from the Firth of Forth to the Tweed, where it has remained, largely unchanged ever since.

Carham changed from being in the middle of Northumbria to being an isolated outpost on a contested border.

Clive Hallam-Baker said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and we will now work to explore and research our intriguing history and local heritage and tell how the border story started in 1018 at Carham.”

Ivor Crowther, head of the fund in the north east, said: “Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, people will recreate one of our most defining battles, discover an incredible story at a museum in a phonebox and put Carham’s place in history firmly on the map.”