Museum looking to expand its number of sites

THE Flodden1513 Ecomuseum is looking to expand with the addition of 25 Flodden-related sites across the UK.

The ecomuseum, the first of its kind in England, is looking for nominations from sites with links to the battle, whether they are connected through artefacts, history or legend.

The search for new sites will help secure funding for the wider Flodden 500 project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and backed by local MSP John Lamont.

The Ecomuseum secured the first instalment of the HLF grant, £81,700 last month.

This will go towards a fuller application for a grant of up to £887,400 to be made in July.

The Flodden 500 project application is the first substantial cross-border project that the HLF has approved in recent years. The project will include new archaeological and historical research, education initiatives and commemorative events as well as the extension of the existing Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum sites from the current 12.

If the application is successful the nominated sites will be added into the Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum with their own web pages.

The ecomuseum, a network of interconnected sites that promote the shared heritage behind Flodden, was set up in 2010 with the help of the Glendale Gateway Trust. It currently hosts 12 sites (four in Scotland and eight in England), through the website Flodden1513.com.

These include Norham Castle and Branxton Church, where it is claimed Scottish King James IVs body lay. Etal Castle and Norham Castle are also involved.

Nominations are wanted in various categories: sites that are part of the Battle landscape; sites in the wider, indirect battle landscape; sites that memorialise the events of Flodden and sites that have an association by legend, story or artefact.

Flodden 500 are also keen for sites that help contextualise the sixteenth century and border warfare to be nominated.

The ecomuseum format allows historical sites of all sizes and importance to pool resources.

Flodden – sometimes called the Battle of Branxton, after the nearby village – was the last time a British monarch, James IV of Scotland, died on the battlefield at the head of his army.

The 500th anniversary of the battle in 2013 has raised interest to an all-time high, and has led to a number of projects aimed at creating a fitting commemoration.

The battle’s influence can be seen as far away as Edinburgh and Lancashire. Edinburgh holds a large stone that was used to hold the Scottish standard before the battle.

And in Middleton, near Manchester, St Leonard’s church holds what is sometimes called the word’s oldest war memorial, a stained glass window created to mark the safe return from Flodden of a company of archers.