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Aspects of Berwick’s History through its Archives

June 8, 2021 @ 10:00 am - June 29, 2021 @ 10:00 am

A delve into Berwick’s archives to reveal various aspects of the town’s history

Picture credit: Berwick-upon-Tweed, Samuel Bough 1863. Paxton House, National Galleries of Scotland.

A series of 4 lectures (weekly on Tuesdays) by Linda Bankier, based on the town’s historic archives.

Week 1: An introduction to Berwick’s history through its archives. This talk will explore Berwick’s unique history using the archives to tell its story from the late 15th to 21st century .

Week 2: Crime and Punishment in Berwick Archives. The town has a wonderful series of records relating to crime and punishment in the past. This talk will explore the judicial system, some of the cases which came to court as well as how law and order was administered via the police and the prison.

Week 3: Berwick’s Guild of Freemen and the Administration of the town prior to 1835. Berwick’s Guild of Freemen was established in the medieval period and is still in existence today. Their records are kept at the Berwick Archives. This talk will explore the role of the Guild, how it was run and how it administered the town prior to the 1835 Municipal Corporations Act.

Week 4: Public Health and Housing in Berwick. Starting with the 16th century but mainly concentrating on the 19th and early 20th centuries, this talk will explore how the town dealt with public health, sanitation and housing and the challenges this raised.

Lectures will be delivered via Zoom. If you haven’t used Zoom before, please go to www.zoom.us and look at the tutorials. Once you have booked, you will find the Zoom invitation in the Online Event Page on Eventbrite. You will also receive an email with the invitation 24 hours before the event. If you can’t find the invitation, please email berwickea@gmail.com.

If you book this course online, we will hold your personal data in accordance with our privacy policy. If you do not wish us to hold your personal data, please book by post (see www.berwickea.org) and do not supply an email address.


June 8, 2021 @ 10:00 am
June 29, 2021 @ 10:00 am
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