COVID-19

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Two months ago it would have seemed unbelievable, and like something from an apocalyptic movie, that the United Kingdom, and just about every major country in the world, would be in economic meltdown and that millions of people would be in danger of losing their jobs and lives due to a viral pandemic, for which there is currently no effective remedy.

Berwick Heritage Open Days 2020 Update

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We are writing to update you on Berwick Heritage Open Days 2020 as you may be wondering what is happening. At the moment the guidelines from the National Event Team is that Heritage Open Days will take place but that we may all need to consider running our events in different ways, depending on the situation at the time

Remembrance Day

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Berwick-upon-Tweed Scouts prepared the Main Guard for Remembrance Day on the 11th November by placing crosses in the ground at the side of the building, one cross for every local person who died during the terrible war.

J.W. Blench

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It was with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Wheatley Blench on 31st May aged 93.  There will be those who have an in depth knowledge of his career in academia which saw him leave the old Berwick Grammar as a star pupil to attend St John’s College, Cambridge then holding teaching […]

Heritage Open Days – 13th to 15th September

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We hope to get as many stewards as possible for various sites.  It can be great fun.  We have many interesting sites and walks this years.  It was thought that it would be better to ‘pool’ all volunteers apart from The Main Guard and New Tower for which we shall use our usual stewards. If […]

New Main Guard Exhibits

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The 2019 season opens with two new exhibitions at the Main Guard in addition to the permanent exhibition that covers the history of Berwick-upon-Tweed. A three panel display with illustrations by Tania Willis shows the medieval castle, harbour and market place in a bright cheerful format aimed at the younger aged group of 5-11 years […]

Zoreen Lady Hill Retires as Chairman

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The AGM on 10th April saw the retiral of Zoreen from the chair of the Civic Society and her handover to Ian Dods. The vice-chairman, John Webster, spoke of the work done by Zoreen during four years as chairman. He then presented Zoreen with flowers and wine from the members as a token of appreciation […]

Elizabethan Map of 1580

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This exhibition looked at a map of 1580 showing Berwick-upon-Tweed with its new fortifications and the town in some detail. The map was studied by a Civic Society member, Catherine Kent, who prepared a series of story boards looking at what we can learn from the map about the buildings, the people who lived there […]