Flodden 500 set to receive £900K grant from Lottery

THE first round battle to secure funds for the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden in 2013 has been won - and the Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum has been awarded the first £81,700 of a possible £887,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This first tranche of money will be spent on working up a full application to be submitted in July this year.

The focus of the Flodden 500 project is to inform, involve and support the wider community in commemorating the anniversary, as well as to co-ordinate the smaller community initiatives in the Borders, north Northumberland and further afield.

A vital part of the project is improving people’s understanding of the heritage of the 1513 battle, and teacher time will be spent in schools in the Borders and north Northumberland, developing a programme that brings the story of Flodden into the classroom.

A community archaeological project will investigate the precise location of the Scottish camp on Flodden Ridge; archivists from Scottish Borders Council and the Woodhorn Trust will carry out documentary research; volunteers will be trained to locate historical evidence and research events; there will be a special commemorative service led by clergy from churches in Scotland and England; and as Crookham church becomes a centre of peace and reconciliation, a timeline marking significant moments of peace or conflict around the world since Flodden will be created.

“This is an important milestone in our work to bring the 500th anniversary of Flodden to a wider national audience as well as to encourage community groups to mark the occasion with projects of a more local nature,” said Lord Joicey, a director of the Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum Ltd.

Councillor George Turnbull, Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for education, commented: “The 500th anniversary of such an important battle in British history should not go unmarked, but the really important thing is that we use the occasion as a catalyst to encourage a wider understanding of its heritage and its place in our lives.”

Local MSP John Lamont added: “The 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden is a momentous occasion and a key opportunity to teach our children about the history of the Borders. The battle played a vital role in forming the history of the region and we still see this today through our local common ridings and festivals which take place each year.

“That is why I am delighted that the Flodden 500 project has received such a huge sum in lottery funding. The money will undoubtedly help us take advantage of this anniversary and help educate our children about the significance of this event.

“However, it is important that the Scottish Government works in conjunction with the Flodden 500 campaign to promote this anniversary. That is why I pushed the Minister for Learning to do more through our schools next year in order to ensure that our younger generations fully appreciate the impact the battle of Flodden had on the Borders”