The Project

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1. Introduction
Lord Joicey  
Back in 2008 a small group of people came together to consider the quincentenary of the Battle of Flodden in 2013, to debate what Flodden means, why it was such an important event in our history and who might want to have some involvement in commemorating this anniversary. A list...
2. Ecomuseums: How Flodden fits the model
Peter Davis  
Introduction Elsewhere (Davis, 1999; 2008, 2011) I have described in detail the development of the ecomuseum and its relationship to the new museology movement. Originating in 1972 at a meeting in Chile known as ‘The Round Table of Santiago’, this change in museum practice was at first...
3. Documentary Research Project The Archivist’s Perspective
Linda Bankier  
I first became involved in the “Flodden Project”, as I call it, back in about 2010 when a number of meetings were held to discuss how the Battle of Flodden could be commemorated. As an Archivist, I am passionate about taking research back to primary sources (those produced at...
4. Image 2 - James IV and Queen Margaret from the Seton Armourial, 1591. Reproduced by permission of Sir Francis Ogilvy and the National Library of Scotland
Susie Douglas  
Background and Historical Context Before delving into the discoveries of the research volunteers the documents need to be considered in historical context, at local, national and international level. It is also important to consider a collective analysis of the information, before examining the documents on an...
5. Documentary Research Project: Volunteers’ Perspective at the Heritage Hub
Christine Henderson & Elizabeth Watson  
Our task was to transcribe and, as far as possible, translate approximately two boxes (about 15 documents) containing legal charters and sasines written in Latin and dating from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, which had been given to the Heritage Hub in Hawick.
6. Documentary Research Project: A Volunteer’s Perspective at Berwick Record Office
Susie Douglas  
The ability to read and analyse old documents is a highly rewarding experience. The ‘Documentary Research’ element of the ‘Flodden Project’, presented an opportunity for this skill, called ‘palaeography’, to be taught to a team of in excess of 40 amateur volunteers. Following an intensive six week course led by...
Wendy Urwin  
When Linda asked for volunteers to join a certain project People came from near and far to learn more on the subject. Forty folk enlisted, much to her surprise, each matched with a buddy as a second pair of eyes.
8. Bygone Borderlands
Juline Baird & Linda Bankier  
Bygone Borderlands Linda Bankier Bygone Borderlands was a concept and an event which was initiated by the Berwick Record Office in 2003 as part of Berwick’s celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Union of the Crowns. The aim was to bring together local and...
9. Community Archaeology Project: Till Valley Archaeological Society
Heather Pentland  
A great deal of interest and enjoyment had been generated by the talks and other activities which took place in the run up to the five hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Flodden. This eventually led to the question being asked, “Would it be an idea to have a...
10. Community Archaeology Project: A Volunteer’s Perspective
Heather Waldron  
I had been interested in history and archaeology for over forty years and when I saw the Flodden 500 advertisement in the Berwickshire News, looking for volunteers to help on a dig at Ladykirk, I was surprised and pleased. I wrote to Chris Burgess immediately saying I had no...
11. Flodden Young Archaeologists’ Club
Jane Miller & Elizabeth Allis  
The Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) is the only UK-wide club for young people aged 8 to 17 who are interested in archaeology. YAC’s vision is for all young people to have the opportunity to be inspired and excited by archaeology, and to empower them to help shape its future....
12. Flodden Education Programme
Jane Miller  
Learning is a key theme that has permeated through every strand of the Flodden Project, from archaeological training excavations and workshops to archival courses and talks. Lifelong learning really has been at the heart of the project, with participants developing core, transferable skills that will enable them to pursue...
13. Flodden Education Programme: A Teacher’s Perspective
Debbie Higson  
I embarked on the Flodden journey several years ago with a Primary 7 class of mixed ability pupils. This was a completely new topic for me as I had never taught it before. As a teacher who has always adopted a proactive approach to active learning I was delighted...
14. Our Flodden Project
Primary 7, Duns Primary School  
Flodden education staff and class teachers from Duns Primary School worked together to plan and deliver an extensive and varied series of Flodden workshops, site visits and experiences for primary 7 pupils during the 2014/15 academic year.
15. Geology of the battlefield and wider landscape
Dr Ian Kille  
Introduction Without a shadow of bias the landscape around the field of Flodden is one of beauty and of variety. This diversity of landscape and the underlying geology that underpins it is also woven through the fabric of the battle of Flodden, and not just the...
16. Reflections Around a Black Flint Flake
Antony Chessell  
No gleam of gold, no lead-cored cannon-balls, no coins, brooches or buckles and no green-glazed medieval pottery. Just flints and more flints, mostly white - found memorably en-masse on one occasion during test pits into a mound but more often found as single flakes within the trenches or particularly...
17. The Prehistoric finds in their Local and Regional Context
Dr Rob Young  
Located between the rivers Tweed, Bowmont Water and Glen in northern Northumberland, the research area covered by the Flodden 500 Project’s archaeology programme has produced material indicating human activity over a period of nearly 10,000 years.
18. Bridging the Centuries
Gwen Chessell  
The corroded lump gave no clue at first. But as it was dipped in the water and the brush gently moved across its surface, bits of rust fell off and it revealed itself - it was the remains of a Roman brooch.
19. Strategic Decisions at Flodden
Dr Chris Burgess  
This thought-provoking analysis was written prior to the launch of the Flodden 500 project in January 2013. It sets out interpretations framed as hypotheses to be tested by project fieldwork and documentary research from 2013 to 2016. Re-reading it at the end of the project, it has stood up...
20. Scottish Ways To War 1513, The Mobilisation for the Flodden Campaign
David H Caldwell  
Much has been written about Flodden and how it was a catastrophic defeat for the Scots. There was much more to the campaign of August and September 1513 than one battle, disastrous for the Scots but a glorious victory for the English.
21. Further Research on the Routeways Taken by the Army of James IV in August and September 1513
Richard Carlton  
Introduction While the focus of much study represented in this publication has concentrated upon the activities of the English and Scottish armies in England between the 22nd August and 9th September 1513, very little is known about how the extensive Scottish force, its artillery train and...
22. Ecclesiastical establishments in the Scottish Borders potentially associated with the Battle of Flodden
Richard Carlton with Peter Ryder  
Introduction A strand of research, looking at buildings associated with the routes taken by the army of James IV on its way to and from the Battle of Flodden, came to focus largely on ecclesiastical buildings, largely because it was found that the majority of genuinely...
23. Archaeological Fieldwork at Ellem and Windy Windshiel
Richard Carlton  
Introduction On 24th July, 1513, in anticipation of what became the Battle of Flodden, James IV of Scotland sent out four messengers to different parts of his realm with instructions to muster at Ellem in Berwickshire, which Caldwell (this publication) argues should be understood as the...
24. Archaeological Fieldwork at Wark-on-Tweed, 2013 and 2015
Richard Carlton  
Introduction The castle of Wark on Tweed, the defensive Work (hence, Wark) of Carham, lies at the west end of the modern village of Wark on the south side of the River Tweed, which at this point forms the border between England and Scotland, where it...
25. Archaeological Fieldwork at Norham and Ladykirk, 2012 to 2015
Richard Carlton  
Introduction Norham was one of two border castles, with Wark-on-Tweed, which were besieged during the early stages of the Scottish Invasion in 1513. Starting on 21st or 22nd August of 1513, James IV crossed the border in force at the head of a large army. ...
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