New Border Warfare Exhibition

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After a successful exhibition in 2013 TillVAS is returning to the Old Bakery opposite Heatherslaw Cornmill with an entirely new exhibition, running from 20th May until 25th September (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Bank Holiday Sundays & Mondays, 11am-4pm).

It could be called "Skirmish and War" as it features documents from the turbulent medieval history of Branxton and Crookham which are TillVAS's Project Villages. They prove how old the two villages are and how difficult life was with the constant threat of Border raids,and also look at mortality rates and causes of death.
TillVAS is also looking at the Great War and the high number of young men who left their farm jobs to fight on the Western Front, tracing their history and also looking at what was happening back home.
On a lighter note Crookham and Branxton have produced some famous people.  There are further details on the fascinating life of Andrew Todd, born in 1844, who's story unfolded last summer - including a new book about his life.  Another discovery is the son of a Crookham shoemaker,  Peter Anderson Graham, who went to Durham University and became editor of Country Life magazine.

There's a quiz for children too, and some fascinating artefacts found in the local area.

Finally ,there is a montage of all that TillVAS does including field walking, metal detecting and the excavations that members have been on helping with the Flodden 500 project. The Exhibition is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11am – 4pm starting on Tuesday, 20th May. It is also open on the Sunday and Monday of Bank Holidays. 

Entry is free – although donations are welcome! 

For more details on this and other stories visit the  TillVAS website

 


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