Monthly Archives: November 2011

Sloe Berries at Wallington

Sloe Berries at Wallington

The sound of heavy rain as I wake up is not going to dampen my spirits on the day I head out for November’s foraging expedition.

I’m off to meet Rob Caton at Wallington to look among the hedgerows for some sloe berries to make one of my favourite winter drinks … sloe gin.

As it happens, by the time I’m up and ready and have packed the car with waterproofs and my gin-making kit, the rain has stopped and the sun is shining, and for a November morning, it’s quite mild.

We meet at the car park at Wallington before heading out along the nearby country lanes in search of a blackthorn hedge laden with berries. By all accounts it’s a good year for sloes, so I am hopeful for a bumper crop. I’m already wondering whether I could make enough sloe gin to give little bottles for gifts at Christmas. Mind you, I may not want to share it!

By Sadie Parker (National Trust)

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Our industrial past

Our industrial past

School children are being given the chance to become young history detectives and delve into Northumberland’s industrial and social past in a new scheme being run at a leading visitor attraction.

Dusty documents, old photographs and historical records have been turned into learning tools for youngsters visiting the £16m Woodhorn Museum and Archives Centre near Ashington.

They are being used to help inquisitive school pupils find out more about the region’s past, including key aspects of its once-mighty coal mining and fishing industries.

Each year thousands of young people are introduced to Woodhorn through its extensive education programme, with schools from all over the North East visiting the museum and archives. Now, thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery and the work of the museum’s Working Lives project team, a number of new workshops have been developed for young visitors. (more…)

Woodhorn Museum

Woodhorn Museum

A FILM made by teenagers who took part in a Big Brother-style time travel experiment at a North East castle has gone on show to visitors at a heritage museum.

Three months ago, 35 young volunteers spent five days locked away at remote Featherstone Castle in Northumberland, experiencing what life was like for their counterparts back in the 1840s.

Dressed in period costume for the duration of their stay, they had to survive without modern-day “essentials” such as their mobile phones, computers, TVs and fast food, as they were propelled back to early Victorian times. (more…)

The moment in history when the entire Roman Empire may have been ruled from a Tyneside town will be relived today.

Finds from digs at Arbeia Roman fort in South Shields have offered convincing evidence that the Emperor Severus and his sons Caracalla and Geta were at the base as they prepared for a campaign into Scotland.

Because the imperial family and court were present, that would have effectively meant that the empire would have been governed from South Shields.

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Seaton Delaval Hall

Seaton Delaval Hall

The National Trust in the North East and Yorkshire is embarking on the most unique auction ever in a bid to solve your present buying troubles this Christmas.

From romance to wildlife and everything in between the Trust has it all covered with some fantastic experiences up for grabs including a wedding at Washington Old Hall, a candlelit dinner for two at the top of Souter Lighthouse, a Georgian dinner for eight at Seaton Delaval Hall and a chance to look behind the scenes in Armstrong’s former home – Cragside.

The auction begins on eBay on Tuesday 22 November and all funds raised will go towards helping the National Trust – the UK’s largest conservation charity – to conserve the places they look after including miles of coastline and acres of countryside as well as historic houses, castles and gardens.

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