Early in 2017 we were delighted to be awarded a generous Heritage Lottery grant to investigate and commemorate the Battle of Carham, a battle which is little known, but of immense importance, as this was the conflict that, 1000 years ago, fixed the Border between England and Scotland along the River Tweed.
A partnership of the Battlefields Trust and the Carham 1018 Society had already carried out preliminary investigations about the battle, its causes and how it split the ancient Kingdom of Northumbria at the time when both England and Scotland were in the process of becoming the nations we know today. We have been fortunate to have received so much expert help with our researches, and generous support from individuals and organisations which will enable us to bring this fascinating story to both a local and a wider public.
The title of the project is -Carham 1018, the Battle, the Border and the Dawn of Two Nations
The story of Carham will be told in traditional ways, but some more innovative methods will also be used.
These will include:
A new website www.carham1018.org.uk
A Facebook page , The Carham 1018 Society.
As at Flodden, the Carham red phone box used as a “very small visitor Centre”
The battle site to be marked with a commemorative plaque
A series of locally held mini conferences
Talks to history societies etc, locally and further afield
A film to be placed on the website and YouTube and produced as a DVD
A book based on our research telling the story of Carham
Newer methods will include:
The installation of ibeacons to link to mobile phones and tablets
An educational resource pack for teachers
An online interactive course similar to the OU’s “Futurelearn” courses
Research topics will include:
The battle, tactics, weapons, combatants and commanders
Topography including use of LiDAR
Place names and family names
Ecclesiastic history and the Saint Cuthbert influence
Archaeology - not intrusive and limited. Ground penetrating radar, perhaps some metal detecting
A full academic conference is being called in Berwick probably for September 2018
A Living History and Re-enactment weekend will be held at Carham, on the battlefield itself on the weekend of 7th / 8th July 2018. We are promised at least 300 re-enactors who will engage in two battles per day and local firms and catering establishments are invited to contact us if they wish to have a trade stand at the event. Entry and parking will be free of charge.
*RE-ENACTMENT VIDEO WILL BE HERE*
Sat 7 – Sun 8 July 2018
Battle of Carham, Carham, Northumberland
A major re-enactment marking the thousandth anniversary of the Battle of Carham.