Till Valley Archaeological Society
The Society’s core aim is ‘To encourage and promote the study of the archaeology, heritage and history of the catchment area of the River Till.’
Two pilot schemes, involving TillVAS working parties, are under way to establish the feasibility of Village Atlas projects for Branxton and Crookham. The working parties have researched and copied many documents and maps and have uncovered human stories relating to the history of the villages. Several exhibitions of the material have taken place and these have proved to be popular with visitors to the area as well as with members of the Society.
The most recent showing was at a summer exhibition at Heatherslaw Mill from May until the end of September 2013; this was staffed on three days a week by Society members. The exhibition aimed to give visitors to Northumberland and also local people, interesting information on the history of the area and to show them something of the work of the Society. The exhibition attracted around 1600 visitors and led to worthwhile feedback on a range of topics from family history to agricultural practices.
Arising from the archaeological excavations around Flodden, an ongoing (and seemingly endless!—but see below) project is the washing and cataloguing of the many finds, at the Society’s store at Etal. This may appear to be a boring task but it has proved to be quite the reverse as, apart from being a good social occasion, it has been interesting to see and handle such a wide variety of artefacts, one after the other. A Roman brooch may be followed by a buckle, a flint microlith, a piece of clay (smoking) pipe or a rim or base from an early or late glazed earthenware pot.