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!
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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.
© The photo shows the River Till, looking south from Twizel Bridge.
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Please click on the Latest Newsletter page for November.
THE NEXT LECTURE
Maria Chester will speak about "The Maya—Children of the Corn" at Crookham Village Hall on Wednesday, 3rd December at 7.30pm.
NEW YEAR'S DAY WALK
This will be led by our Hon. President who has been pondering on various possibilities depending upon the weather. Information will be sent to members nearer the time and will be posted on the website. 'Last minute information' will also be posted here.
JAMES IV MEMORIAL LECTURE
This was judged to be a great success by all who attended the lecture by Dr. Tony Pollard. There was a good turnout by members, friends and others who were interested in Dr. Pollard's account of the battle. His excavations have revealed new evidence and his interpretation of this has led to new thinking about the true site of the battle and the events that occurred before and afterwards.
The Society operates a bookstall at all its meetings. Items on sale include the Society's first publication Breamish and Till: From Source to Tweed at £10 per copy and Vivian Wilcock's ( with research input by TillVAS) Andrew Todd 1844-1908 at £5 per copy.
See the Publications page for more about these books. There are also archaeological books and journals for sale. Net proceeds of sale go to TillVAS funds.