Flodden Battle on site and in the classroom

Jane Miller the Cross Border Education Officer for Flodden 1513
Jane Miller the Cross Border Education Officer for Flodden 1513

Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum’s education officer, Jane Miller, has hit the ground running and is holding an information session for teachers in Branxton next week.

Jane, who lives in Ladykirk, will be sharing her ideas for free site visits, outreach workshops to teach children from both sides of the border about the importance of the Battle of Flodden, the last of the great medieval battles between English and Scottish troops.

With this year being the 500th anniversary of the battle, educating children, from both sides of the border, about the significance of this battle is one of the main aims of The Flodden 1513 Project which has received £1.3 million of funding, £877,000 provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Jane and her two assistants are responsible for delivering educational activities to 6,000 children in-school and 6,300 children at the battlefield and other ecomuseum sites to give them a better understanding of what was life was like in Tudor times.

Jane started in her role as education officer of the Flodden 1513 Project last month. Responsible for delivering the education programme “to raise awareness of this historic battle across England and Scotland”, she explained: “We are planning a dynamic programme of learning activities which will grow and develop in response to new evidence from on-going community archaeological excavations and research into the documentary evidence.”

Jane’s degree in archaeology and her experience as education officer in South Tyneside, where she created programmes for Bede’s World, Tyne & Wear Museums and the Young Archaeologists’ Club, make her the ideal person to lead the Flodden 1513 education project.

The one hour open sessions at Branxton Village Hall next week will give teachers the opportunity to learn more about the ecomuseum.

Archaeologist, Chris Burgess, will talk about the battle itself and current Flodden 1513 excavations, and archivist Linda Bankier will outline her documentary research project.

Teachers can learn how their school can get involved through site visits and outreach workshops, find out how individual schools can be supported by the Flodden 1513 education team and also discuss their own ideas of commemorating the event with Jane.

Anyone interested in attending should contact: Jane Miller via email at - JMiller@woodhorn.org.uk