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Celebrating and protecting
the rich cultural
heritage, landscape
and wildlife of
Redesdale.

Working with local people in the Rede Valley, we have successfully secured an award of £1.8 million from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, to celebrate Redesdale’s rich cultural heritage and to protect and enhance the area’s landscape and wildlife.

A report has been produced for the archaeological survey of an Iron Age/Romano-British settlement at Rattenraw Farm, which was carried out on the 6th-8th October 2018. The report has been compiled by volunteers from the North of the Wall Tynedale Archaeology Group (NOWTAG) and details the findings from the 3-day, Level 3 survey, which was undertaken by volunteers as part of our ‘Lost Redesdale’ community archaeology project. Read the report here:

Rattenraw Level 3 Survey final report 7 Nov

We plan to carry out further investigations on this site, including excavations, so watch this space for more details!

Want to help us investigate Redesdale’s rich history? We are running a historic documents research training workshop on Wednesday 5th September, 7-8.30pm at Otterburn Memorial Hall.

This training workshop will provide an introduction to historical research and will cover how we can use historic documents such as chronicles, paintings, maps and ballads to help us find out more about Redesdale’s heritage. We’ll also take a look at written records from contemporary works to the views of modern historians. We will be looking in particular detail at the documents that might shed some light on the events and location of the Battle of Otterburn.

You don’t need to have any previous experience and the workshop is free of charge, although booking is essential. Teas, coffees and biscuits will be provided.

Suitable for ages 12+. Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.

To book your place, please contact Karen Collins, Revitalising Redesdale Heritage and Engagement Officer, on 07741 194309 or email karen.collins@nnpa.org.uk

Revitalising Redesdale Landscape Partnership is holding a launch event to celebrate the start of an exciting new community archaeology project. The Lost Redesdale launch event will take place on Thursday 20th September, 7-8.30pm at Otterburn Memorial Hall.

The evening will include an introduction to the project, along with a presentation by the Tynedale North of the Wall Archaeology Group on ancient settlements at Rattenraw, including new discoveries and plans for future investigations. There will also be a talk from Paul Frodsham (former Northumberland National Park archaeologist) on the Lidar Landscapes element of the project, which will see the use of remote sensing data technology to enable people to make significant new discoveries without needing to leave the comfort of their homes.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Lost Redesdale project aims to better understand and tell the story of Redesdale by investigating its cultural heritage, whilst engaging local people and volunteers in historical research and field archaeology.

The project will involve opportunities for people to take part in archaeological investigations, help discover unrecorded historic sites in Redesdale, gain new skills in archaeological surveying and recording and help research and record Redesdale’s rich cultural heritage. The project will also see the creation of a online ‘virtual museum’ for Redesdale, taking people through thousands of years of history of human occupation in the valley.

The event is free of charge, but booking is essential. To book or for more information, please contact Karen Collins, Revitalising Redesdale Heritage and Engagement Officer, on 07741 194309 or email karen.collins@nnpa.org.uk

Are you interested in archaeology and the historic environment?

Would you like to take part in exciting and meaningful volunteering and help us discover more about Redesdale’s fascinating past?

Take a look at these exciting new volunteering opportunities as part of Revitalising Redesdale Landscape Partnership. With roles for all abilities, this is a great way to indulge a passion for history, learn new skills, meet like-minded people and contribute to our understanding of this beautiful and enigmatic part of Northumberland.

Click on the links below to see more information about the different roles.

Historical researcher- Battle of Otterburn

Field Archaeology volunteer

Lidar Landscapes Volunteer

For further information on all these roles, please contact Karen Collins, Heritage and Engagement Officer, on 07741 194309, or email karen.collins@nnpa.org.uk

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