was invited to officially open a new exhibition in the small village of Bewcastle which will look at the community’s turbulent border history. Set up by the Hadrian’s Wall Trust, and funded by Defra’s Rural Development Programme, the exhibition showcases over 2500 years of human history  – from the Bronze Age to the Roman occupation, through Norman and medieval times, the rise and fall of the Border Reivers, and onto the more peaceful farming community of today.

The project hopes to encourage more visitors to explore further afield from the already popular sites along the wall, like Vindolanda and Birdoswald, and to take in more of the 80 mile World Heritage Site. The Hadrians Wall Trust will now continue to work with the local community and local businesses to ensure they are getting the most out of this world-class tourist destination.

Speaking at the official opening, Rory said:

“I genuinely believe that Bewcastle is one of the most exciting places in Cumbria. Nowhere else in the county can we see such a visible layering of history going back over 2500 years. I am delighted and honoured to open the Bewcastle: Past and Present exhibition, and sincerely hope it encourages more people to visit this enchanting part of the borderlands.”

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