Highlighting Borders history and heritage


Bygone Borderlands is returning for the second year and the event is expected to attract more than the 1,400 visitors it did last year.

This year’s event will be held on September 6-7 at Haining House, near Selkirk. The free event, which will be open from 10am-4pm on both days, is very much a community led event presenting local history from both sides of the border.

Last year, the 500th commemoration of the Battle of Flodden, was hugely busy with dozens of events taking place across the borders. This year the Bygone Borderlands event will be reflecting on last year’s commemoration of the Battle of Flodden, and inspiration has been taken from the themes of memory and remembrance.

The event is being hosted by the Heritage Hub and the Scottish Border Archives in partnership with the Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum and Berwick-upon-Tweed record Office and groups from Northumberland, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Alistair Bowden, project manager of Flodden 1513, said: “We are delighted to be holding a second Bygone Borderlands event. Our aim is to give local communities and partner organisations the opportunity to highlight their own history and heritage, and we feel that this has really been taken to heart by local people.

“This event in particular is special as it really brings together a wide variety of people from north and south of the border to tell the history of their communities and to highlight the discoveries made.”

The Haining at Selkirk is the perfect location for the event, as Haining House itself was bequeathed to the people of Selkirk in 2009. It is now known as the Haining Charitable Trust (HCT), and at this Bygone Borderlands event people will be able to explore what it has to offer.

The area has seen its fair share of history over the years, and this weekend will be no exception.

There will be exhibitions on the Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum, local music, the chance to write your own document with quills and ink, local art displays, archival displays, stories from the medieval Mistress Quill and the chance to dabble in 3D art.

The professional talks which played a huge role in last year’s event make a return with the focus truly on the Border’s past and Flodden.