Plans unveiled to mark Battle of Carham’s 1000th anniversary

Viking re-enactors David Constantine and Alex Clements at Carham, one of the possible sites of the battle
Viking re-enactors David Constantine and Alex Clements at Carham, one of the possible sites of the battle

The newly-formed Carham 1018 Society is holding a one-day conference and discussion in the run up to the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Carham in 2018.

The event, which will take place at Cornhill Village Hall on Saturday, April 18, from 10am to 4pm, is the second in a series.

The theme will be to look at the landscape and topography of a possible battle site, the weaponry, tactics and clothing of the times and the Border near Carham.

There will also be a presentation on re-enactment and how to put on a living history weekend which would portray life of 1000 years ago.

Little is known about the Battle of Carham – the date, location and even the protagonists are uncertain – and the Carham 1018 Society is working with local experts, and academics from further afield to find answers.

However, one thing is certain, about the time of this conflict Northumbria was split in two, the northern half becoming a part of an emerging Scottish nation, and the southern half remaining part of a newly forming England.

It was this battle that set the Border along the Tweed where it has remained, with a few blips, largely unchanged for a thousand years.

Saturday’s meeting – which is free and open to all – will bring more information and publicise planned future commemorative events. More details from www.carham1018.org.uk