Opening doors to region’s heritage

Scottish Borders Council - Inward Investment Project (Image Bank)
Scottish Borders Council - Inward Investment Project (Image Bank)

THE contribution of the region’s rivers, coast and sea are the focus of the third annual Borders Heritage Week from September 10-18, - the theme of ‘H2O’.

During Heritage Week there will be a series of events including a guided archaeology walk from Coldingham Priory to St Abbs’s Head, on Saturday, September 17, a chance to visit the Haining at Selkirk and Neidpath Castle, Peebles.

Co-inciding with Heritage Week are national ‘Doors Open Days’ events, part of European Heritage Days and this year ‘Doors Open Day’ on Saturday, September 17 is centred on Eyemouth, Coldingham and St Abbs.

Restored Gunsgreen House, St Abbs Lifeboat House and a guided harbour walk are some of the highlights of ‘Doors Open Day’ in the Borders, and Councillor Vicky Davidson, SBC’s executive member for economic development, said: “Heritage week is growing year on year. This year’s theme of water will allow Borderers and visitors to learn about and enjoy one of our most precious resources.”

Chris Bowles, SBC’s archaeology officer added: “Water has always been the life-blood of the Borders. From the Mesolithic hunters and gatherers who navigated the river valleys, to our historic weaving mills, even right down to the tremendous fishing on our rivers and sea today, H2O is at the heart of Borders heritage.”

There are also a number of Heritage Open Days taking place in Berwick and north Northumberland between September 8-11. These include Berwick Magistrates Court being open on the Saturday, September 10, when there will be two re-enactments of a 1763 trial to mark the 650th anniversary of Magistrates Courts in England.

Other events in Northumberland include a Flodden battlefields walk, net fishing on the River Tweed, village tours at Norham, a visit to Spittal fishing shiel, and castles (eg Lindisfarne and Norham) open, plus churches and other intersting local buildings

For more information on Borders Heritage Week go to: www.scottishbordersheritage.co.uk. Information about events in north Northumberland is on the Northumberland County Council website. Full details available from www.doorsopendays.org