Flodden anniversary museum launches search for cross-border historic sites

THE Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum, which will commemorate the battle’s 500th anniversary next year, is looking to expand by a further 25 sites and is seeking nominations from across the UK.

The search is now on for sites which relate to the Battle of Flodden, either directly or indirectly, and which will help in the development of the network of the Ecomuseum.

The search for new sites is part of the development phase for the wider Flodden 500 project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The Flodden 500 project application is the first substantial cross-border project that the HLF has considered and approved in recent years.

The project will include new cross-border archaeological and historical research, cross-border education initiatives and commemorative events as well as the extension of the existing Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum sites from 12 to perhaps 30 to 40.

The aim of seeking nominations is to identify a long-list of as many Flodden related sites as possible.

This list will be distilled down to a preferred list of sites, perhaps 15 in Scotland and 10 in England to equal the balance of sites each side of the border, which will be included in the full Flodden 500 HLF application.

If any individual, community group, society or organisation know of a link to Flodden and would like to be involved in the building the Flodden1513 Ecomuseum network to commemorate the quincentenary of the Battle, the Flodden 500 group would urge them to get in touch and nominate their site.

Nominations are being sought for seven categories: Sites that form part of the Battle Landscape; Sites that form part of the wider indirect battle landscape; Sites that memorialise the events of the Flodden Campaign; Sites that have an association by legend or story or which have led to the forming of community tradition; Sites that are associated by possession of an artefact related to the battle; Sites of the same date that help us understand the 16th century landscape of Flodden; Site of the same type that inform issues of Border warfare.

More information and nomination forms can be found on www.flodden1513.com. The deadline for nominations is June 17.