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Redesdale contains a rich diversity of historic remains from Neolithic farming communities and Roman military occupation through to 19th Century Industry and First World War practice trenches. 

Through this project we aim to better understand and tell the landscape story of Redesdale, investigating its cultural heritage with local people through excavation, historical research and interpretation of the findings.  The project will focus on at least five key sites:

  • Down on the Farm: Rattenraw– Three thousand years on a Redesdale Farm- looking at the remains of settlements and farming that date back to the Iron Age.
  • All Roads lead to Rome: Investigating High Rochester –complimenting the restoration of the Roman Fort, this will focus on archaeological remains west of the fort which date from Roman times.
  • Exploring Ridsdale’s Industrial past: linked to restoration of the engine house, this will look at other physical remains and place the site in a wider landscape context.
  • Elsdon, The Ancient Capital of Redesdale: continuing previous work investigating use of the village green, and the wider surrounding area which includes significant medieval remains.
  • Water to Tyneside: Building Catcleugh Reservoir – investigating the construction of the reservoir and what life was like for the construction workers.

We will also undertake analysis of the valley using remote sensing data, known as LIDAR, to reveal archaeology in the landscape. 

There will be a programme of volunteer training workshops in historical research techniques, including interpreting LIDAR data, research of historical documents, ground surveys and excavation techniques.

We are interested to hear your stories about Redesdale.  Please contribute your own memories, photos and images or artefacts using the interactive map. Or join one of our Sharing Redesdale’s Stories workshops.