Flodden anniversary events get £900,000 boost

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ALMOST £900,000 of lottery money has been awarded to the project commemorating next year’s 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden.

The Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum has been awarded £887,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its four-year Flodden 500 project.

The cross border group was awarded the first £81,700 of the possible £887,400 in April. This first tranche of money was used to work up a full application, with the successful outcome announced this week.

The battle of Flodden fought on September 9, 1513 near the England/Scotland border was the last of the medieval battles and the last occasion when a British monarch was killed in battle.

Ivor Crowther, head of Heritage Lottery Fund North East, said: “With the help of this grant, the site will be opened up much more widely to encourage dialogue about this historic battle and how it has impacted communities from both sides of the border.”

Lord Joicey of Ford & Etal Estates, on whose land the battle site is mostly located, added: “It is wonderful that the Heritage Lottery Fund has agreed to support the application by the Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum to ensure that Flodden not only reaches a wide audience amongst schoolchildren, amateur researchers and all those who want to increase their skills in archaeology and palaeography but also to build up the geographical and cultural connections through enlarging the ecomuseum itself.

“The significance of Flodden in the story of our nations is too often overlooked.”

The cross-border group was set up to coordinate the programme of projects and events commemorating the battle. It established Britain’s first cross-border ecomuseum, connecting different sites or projects all associated to a central theme – the battle.

Eleven other sites with connections to the Flodden battlefield – Norham Castle, Etal Castle, Heatherslaw Corn Mill, Barmoor Castle, Twizell Bridge, Ladykirk Church, Branxton Church, Coldstream Museum, Weetwood Bridge (Wooler), the Fletcher Monument (Selkirk), and Flodden wall, Edinburgh – were initially included in the ecomuseum.

So what will the grant be 
used for? £274,000 is for the ‘discovery’ activities such as archaeological investigations and documentary research; £120,000 for education based activities, including the creation of three education jobs; £105,000 for interpretation and commemoration activities including two museum exhibitions, a travelling exhibition, a commemoration and the expansion of the Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum by a proposed 25 sites; £340,000 for job creation for the four year lifetime of the project; £35,000 of marketing to promote the heritage and the area.

Steve Stewart, Northumberland County Council’s chief executive, said: “This is fantastic news for a commemorative event that will have great national and international significance.”