A café that houses so much more

Jan Holt at Muddy Boots Cafe in Ingram.

Jan Holt at Muddy Boots Cafe in Ingram.

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An interactive exhibition about the history of the Breamish Valley is back in its former home, despite the building changing uses.

Jan Holt is director of Muddy Boots Café & Gift Shop, in Ingram, housed in what used to be the Northumberland National Park Visitor Centre.

Muddy Boots Cafe at Ingram

Muddy Boots Cafe at Ingram

Now, as well as offering a range of tasty, locally-sourced, homemade food and art and products from the region’s local talents, the exhibition People of the Breamish Valley (A Decade of Discovery) is open to the public again.

The displays feature artefacts that came from a series of digs as part of the Breamish Valley Archaeology Project, a joint venture between the Northumberland National Park Authority, the University of Durham Department of Archaeology and the Northumberland Archaeology Group.

It features early Bronze Age pots, metalwork and a wealth of information about the ancient agricultural terraces, Iron Age hillforts and Romano-British homesteads.

It tells the story of the people who lived in the valley; from the ancient Britons around 2,300 years ago to the present-day landowners and tenant farmers.

The reinstatement of the exhibition includes the interactive elements and there are two computer consoles that allow children and adults to navigate a whole raft of information and graphics about the Breamish Valley, its landscape, wildlife and flora, and the ancient and modern peoples who have lived and worked there. There is also a television screen, which plays film about the project.

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