The Society

The CARHAM PROJECT

A locally-based team working with the Battlefield Trust

The Battlefields Trust
• Founded in 1992 – born out the need to protect the battlefield at Naseby against threat of development
• National non-political charity dedicated to the research, preservation and promotion of battlefields and their related history
• Probably best-known for the project that discovered the true location of the battlefield at Bosworth
• Patrons include Robert Hardy (our President and a founder member) and General Lord Dannat former Chief of the General Staff. Trustees include a number of distinguished historians
• Members are volunteers – organised on a regional basis – GC regional chairman of NEB
• Work closely with EH – have brief to monitor Registered Battlefields and to flag up any threats – represented on the EH Battlefields Panel. Also involved with HS in the creation of the Inventory.
• Wide range of activities – walks & talks, threat monitoring and campaigning, education support (a growing area), research into lesser known battlefields and community projects (like this one)
• Publish a quarterly magazine – examples on show – web site and Facebook page
• Trust’s role is supportive – we work best by encouraging local communities to take an interest in their local conflict history – we do not try to dictate what happens but we will help and provide advice on the basis of many successful projects nationwide.

Community Projects – notes from the inaugural meeting:
• Was suggested that we gather together existing societies (history, archaeology etc.) and have them run the project at Carham – would work well enough but not our way of doing things
• Prefer to have projects owned and run by the community including those who are members of societies
• Each project is different – depends entirely on what the community wants and is willing to do
• Not just about history and archaeology – can encompass many other things
o Education – involvement of local schools (c.f. HH and Glendale) – new curriculum KS2 and KS3 – local history projects
o Religion – St Cuthbert – commemoration of the fallen – battlefields are war graves/ monument (Newburn)
o Arts – literature and poetry. Ballads, stories etc. can be researched and performed / creation of a local publication (Newburn)
o Crafts – Newburn Ford tapestry, painting, model making, ceramics – anything
o Food – research and recreate period dishes and drinks (ale) – stage a Carham Supper?
• Only limit is the imagination and willingness of volunteers
• Economic benefits – visitors – put it on the tourist trail – Heritage Open Days / Information Panels
• Structure can be as loose or as formal as required – local committee / local chairperson / needs local champion(s) to keep it going
• Target is 2018 – commemorative event – can be whatever everyone wants


The CARHAM 1018 SOCIETY CONSTITUTION

CARHAM 1018 SOCIETY

1 NAME – The name of the society shall be the Carham 1018 Society
2. OBJECTIVE – The aim of the Society is as follows:

(i) investigate and research Battle of Carham, the times, causes and effects thereof and the persons and peoples involved.

(ii) build up a financial reserve for commemorative materials and events.

(iii) to keep the community involved in and informed of all work.

(iv) to liaise with statutory authorities and other groups and organisations.

(v) to undertake any tasks which may be deemed beneficial to achieving the aims of the Carham 1018 Society.
3. MEMBERSHIP – membership will be open to all interested parties
4. THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – an Executive Committee (‘the Committee’) shall be appointed by the initial meeting of the Society to be responsible for the management and administration of the Society and shall consist of a Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer (‘the officers’), some of whose duties may be combined and as many other members as is considered expedient. The Committee will serve until the first Annual General Meeting of the Society (‘AGM’). All officers and other members of the Committee will retire at each AGM and shall be eligible for re-election. The Committee may fill casual vacancies on the Committee and to co-opt further members between AGMs.
5. MEETINGS – an AGM shall be held each year within eighteen months of the initial meeting at a date set by the Committee, to receive the Executive Committee’s Report and accounts, to elect members of the Committee and to conduct such other business as it considers appropriate. The Committee may also call an Extraordinary General Meeting if appropriate and shall do so on the written request of at least 6 members.
6. ELECTIONS TO THE COMMITTEE – nominations for election to the Committee shall be made in writing to the Honorary Secretary at least 7 days before the Annual General Meeting. They shall be supported by a seconder, who must also be a member, and the consent of the nominee must first have been obtained. If the nominations exceed the number of Committee places, a ballot shall take place in such manner as may be determined. The newly elected Committee shall assume office from the conclusion of business at the Annual General Meeting.

7. APPLICATION OF FUNDS – the Committee shall, out of the funds of the Society, pay all proper expenses of the administration and management of the Society. The Committee shall have the power to open a bank account, with all disbursements requiring the authorisation of 2 of the Society’s officers. The Committee will have no borrowing powers.

8. AMENDMENTS – this Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority of members present at an Annual General Meeting.

9. WINDING UP – the Society may be dissolved by a two-thirds majority of members present at an Annual General Meeting who shall decide on the disposal of any surplus funds.
Approved by the initial meeting of the Society on ……………………………………………………. 2014.
Signed by
…………………………………………………………………… Chairman

…………………………………………………………………….. Hon. Secretary

…………………………………………………………………….. Hon. Treasurer