Grant for Barracks project

Berwick Barracks.
Berwick Barracks.

A project at Berwick Barracks has been awarded funding from a Government scheme which aims to preserve the UK’s coastal heritage.

The Coastal Revival fund made £3million available and last Friday it was announced that £48,000 has been awarded to the Berwick Barracks Reawakening Project to explore the feasibility of revitalising the town’s historic Barracks as a Heritage Hub.

The bid was prepared jointly by the Berwick Archive and Museum Action Group (BAMAG) and Berwick Town Council.

“This is a tremendous vote of confidence in Berwick and in the tourism potential we were able to demonstrate,” said BAMAG chairman Sir Philip Mawer.

“The fund was three times oversubscribed, with 222 bids from all round the country, seeking a total of £9million.

“The success of our bid shows the strength of our proposal.”

BAMAG plans to create a landmark Heritage Hub, preferably located in Berwick’s 18th-century barracks.

This would be a major tourist attraction, showcasing the extraordinary heritage of Berwick, north Northumberland and the Eastern Borders and driving the area’s development as a year-round tourist destination.

The plan has strong backing from English Heritage, which manages the Barracks site; it recently demonstrated its support by nominating a senior manager to help develop the project.