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 NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES!- AND TO EVERYONE ELSE WHO VISITS THIS WEBSITE!
24th January & 28th January. Meet outside the Masons Arms PH at 9.30 am. No need to book unless you need to borrow equipment.
There are also training sessions on 31st January/1st February for those who have no experience or who need a refresher course. Bookings are essential with Chris Burgess on Flodden500@gmail.com
Numbers limited to 10/12 people.
A DATE FOR THE DIARY
The TillVAS Coffee Morning will be on Saturday, 14th March at 10.30am. in Crookham Village Hall. There will be archaeological artefacts on display and members are also invited to bring along their own items.
NEW YEAR'S DAY WALK.
It was a good thing that we were not put off by the weather forecast as we (15 members & friends including our walk leader, Chris Burgess) achieved all that we set out to do (scaling Sinkside & Great Hetha in order to examine the Iron Age forts) without being drenched. The weather really started to close in as we got back to the cars. A real feature of the walk was the wind which was particularly strong as we ascended Great Hetha.
Click on the Gallery page to see some photos.
Please click on the Latest Newsletter page for January.
THE NEXT LECTURE
Robin Kent of Robin Kent Architecture & Conservation, Duns, will speak on "The Conservation of Ruins". Robin is a Conservation Accredited Chartered Architect and he and his firm have been involved in major conservation projects throughout Northumberland and Scotland. The talk will be on Wednesday, 4th February at 7.30 pm. in Crookham Village Hall.
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.
PREVIOUS LECTURE REPORTS
Click on Report on Events, above, for detailed accounts of press reports.
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.
There are also archaeological books and journals for sale. Net proceeds of sale go to TillVAS funds.