Welcome to the website of the Till Valley Archaeological Society (TillVAS).
The Society's core aim is 'To encourage and promote the study of the archaeology, heritage and history of the catchment area of the River Till.'
We would like to share with you our interest in and enthusiasm for, everything to do with the history of the Till Valley and its river catchment, in north Northumberland. However, we are not averse to straying into other areas of the Border lands when it suits us to do so!
< Please click on the tabs on the top left-hand side of this page to learn about the Society and its activities.
The website has a dual purpose:-
Firstly, we wish to reach as wide an audience as possible so that, hopefully, those interested will want to attend meetings, excursions, archaeological 'digs', field walking and social occasions and become members of the Society.
Secondly, the intention is to keep members up-to-date with all the latest news and to inform them on what has happened, what is happening and what is planned for the future.
The Till Valley in north Northumberland, UK, is rich in history and archaeological sites. It is also an attractive and varied landscape. The River Till rises high up in the Cheviot Hills and is named the River Breamish in its upper reaches, becoming the River Till at Bewick Mill. It is a major tributary of the River Tweed and, unlike other tributaries, its course lies entirely in England. It is a long river, perhaps 40 miles, although it is difficult to be precise because of its many twists and turns before it finally flows into the River Tweed at Tillmouth.
photo©Antony Chessell The photo shows the River Till, looking south from Twizel Bridge.
We are pleased to receive feedback with comments or suggestions about the Society's activities. Please use the Contact Page and we will get back to you.
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HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES!- AND TO EVERYONE ELSE WHO VISITS THIS WEBSITE!
Please click on the Latest Newsletter page for December.
THE NEXT LECTURE
Sue Rogers will speak on "Footpaths & Rights of Way" at Crookham Village Hall on Wednesday 7th January 2015.
Please note that TillVAS now has its own Twitter account in order to 'spread the word'. To see what it is like and to see all the links that are building up, simply enter @TillVAS in your browser.
THE LAST BUT ONE LECTURE AND THE ONE BEFORE THAT
Click on Report on Events, above, for detailed accounts of Roberta Goldwater's lecture on the Northumberland Hussars and Dr. Tony Pollard's James IV Memorial Lecture on "Bannockburn".
NEW YEAR'S DAY WALK
This will be led by our Hon. President, Chris Burgess. Meet at the car park in the College Valley just beyond the village of Hethpool at 10.30 am. for an 11.00 am. start. The walk will be to the Iron Age fortifications on Sinkside coming back over the summit of Great Hetha with its fort and surviving ramparts. Start and finish will be at the car park. The walk will last about two to three hours. A 'fallback' walk will be to West Hill from Kirknewton.
All members, family and friends are welcome. Because this is not a level walk, please look at the guidance note under the Health & Safety Policies page on this website.
Please contact Maureen Charlton if you will be coming (01668 216091 or email@example.com) 'Last minute' information will also be posted here.
The Society operates a bookstall at all its meetings.
Items for sale include:-
1. The Society's first publication Breamish and Till: From Source to Tweed at £10 per copy and
2. Vivian Wilcock's Andrew Todd 1844-1908 ( with research input by TillVAS members) at £5 per copy.
See the Publications page for more about these books.
Small presents or stocking fillers for Christmas, perhaps?
There are also archaeological books and journals for sale. Net proceeds of sale go to TillVAS funds.