Flodden 500 eco-museum

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PLANS to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden by bringing together sites associated with its history and heritage are well under way.

Technically described as an eco-museum, the sites - all of which have a connection with Flodden - will benefit from interlinked signage and interpretation so that residents and visitors can enhance their knowledge of the battle.

The sites include Flodden Battlefield, Ladykirk Church, the Flodden Wall in Edinburgh and the Fletcher monument in Selkirk.

A programme of local workshops in connection with the 2013 commemoration took place during February and was a great success. Attendance exceeded all expectations, with those involved responding very positively and putting forward many suggestions and projects ideas. These can be found on the Flodden 500 website at www.iflodden.info

Two further surgeries are being held on Monday, April 4 at the Collingwood Arms, Cornhill and on Monday, April 11 at the Cross Keys Hotel, Kelso. These drop-in sessions will run between 5pm and 7pm and are for anyone who would like to discuss a particular project in more detail.

EU Leader funding of £24,265 helped get phase one of the project underway - establishing the web portal for the ‘Eco-museum’, signage for the initial sites connected with the battle, leaflets and other information led by project offices Chris Burgess and Jane Warcup.

The idea behind Flodden Eco Museum is to allow communities, projects, locations and events to retain their individual ownership but to be linked through a single brand, in this case the battle of Flodden and the 500th year commemoration in 2013.