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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.



© The photo shows the River Till, looking south from Twizel Bridge.

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Organised by Diana Smith for Sunday, 5th October from 2pm. to 4pm. at a cost of £7 plus £1 for tea afterwards. Maximum number 25 so names should be given to Maureen a.s.a.p. to avoid disappointment. Members have been e-mailed with the details.


Saturday 4th October - Tuesday 14th October at Ellemford, north-west od Duns (the mustering point for the Scottish army before the Battle of Flodden. Members have received details by e-mail but can be seen on the Flodden 1513 website. Please book with Chris Burgess at Flodden500@gmail.com


The Society's second annual James IV Memorial Lecture will be held at 7.30pm. in Etal Village Hall on Wednesday, 1st October when Dr. Tony Pollard (of "Two Men in a Trench" fame), Senior Lecturer in History/ Battlefield Archaeology at Glasgow University, will speak about the Battle of Bannockburn. Members will recall that Tony Pollard recently gave us an excellent, detailed insight into the Battle of Culloden.

This will be a ticketed event and will be open to members, friends and family.

Tickets are available now by sending £5 per person (non-refundable), which includes light refreshments, to Alan Urwin, "Greenville", 7, Broomey Road, Wooler, Northumberland NE71 6NZ. Applications must be accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope and cheques should be made out to TillVAS


The exhibition at Heatherslaw Mill is open and not to be missed!

Please do come along to see the wealth of information on many aspects of local history, border warfare, the First World War, the Andrew Todd Story and much more! There are documents, maps, photographs and artefacts to look at and study. The exhibition is open, free of charge, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays each week and Saturdays and Sundays on Bank Holiday weekends, until 25th September. The exhibition is open from 11.00am until 4.00pm. Many thanks to the organisers, to those members who have supplied exhibits and to those members who are manning the exhibition.

See the Photograph Gallery.

Copies of the book about the Andrew Todd Story are now available for members to buy, at £5 p. copy. They can be purchased from Val Glass who will bring copies to Society meetings. They will also be on sale at the TillVAS exhibition in the old bakery at Heatherslaw Mill during the summer months. Please also see the Publications page for more about the Andrew Todd story.