Berwick Educational Association

German naval airship L13 which carried out raids over Britain in 1916.
German naval airship L13 which carried out raids over Britain in 1916.

Derek Sharman’s final weekly lecture to Berwick-upon-Tweed Educational Association on the history of Berwick covered the experience of the town during the two world wars.

On the face of it, as the only useful harbour between the Firth of Forth and the Coquet, Berwick should have assumed a greater strategic importance than it in fact experienced.

True, the Zeppelins came over during the First World War (though the nearest bombs fell 10 miles away at Chirnside) and in the Second World War, there were numerous ‘nuisance’ raids in 1940/41 – usually by single aircraft.

But the only material contribution by the town to the war at sea was the RAF’s air-sea rescue detachment at Tweedmouth.

BEA’s spring season is now in full swing with details already announced for three widely divergent areas of study.

Our third Poetry Study Day will be devoted to the Poems of Love and Desire, and Poems of the Countryside and takes place on April 11, at the Berwick Voluntary Centre on Tweed Street, under the tutelage of Dr Richard Moore, visiting lecturer in English Literature at Newcastle University.

On April 14, 21, and 28, Alison Tymon will be running a three-day course of studies and field-trips on landscapes and geology, based at the William Elder Building on Castlegate.

On May 2, Dr Moore will be leading a one-day Study Day at the Berwick Voluntary Centre on The Border Reivers and their Legacy which will be examining the often bloody history of our border region from the 14 th to 17th centuries in legend, literature and song.

Full details of our courses and booking forms can be downloaded online at or obtained from the bookings secretary by email at or by post by phoning 01890 819046.