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CoastalViews
The Newsletter of the Northumberland Coast
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
 
January 2019
 
 
Dear

I'm always delighted to be able to start the New Year with more good news! Two years ago, we announced the launch of our 'Coast Care Initiative' and it's gone from strength to strength over that time. This year, we can reveal that 'Accessing Aidan', a remarkable partnership project to develop the crypt of St Aidan's Church at Bamburgh into a beautiful interpretation space, has been awarded a grant of £355,600 by the National Lottery. 

You can read about this amazing project in the article below. Wishing you all the very best for a happy and healthy 2019. 
 
Jeff Watson
 
Cllr Jeff Watson
Chair, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership
 
 
 
 

National Lottery grant success for Bamburgh
'Accessing Aidan', a remarkable partnership project to develop the crypt of St Aidan's Church, Bamburgh into a beautiful interpretation space, has been awarded a grant of £355,600 by the National Lottery. 
 
 
 
 
 
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Made possible by National Lottery players, the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will enable the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership, St Aidan's Parochial Church Council, Bamburgh Heritage Trust and Northumberland County Council to work together to reopen the beautiful 12th century crypt to the public again. 
 
The ambition is to use projection and interactive technology to tell the fabulous story of Bamburgh. The central message of the interpretation will concentrate on the Bowl Hole Ossuary, created in 2016 in the small second crypt. This is the last resting place of the people who lived in Bamburgh 1,400 years ago, when it was the cosmopolitan centre of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria. Just like today, people lived and worked in the spectacular coastal village or travelled from far and wide to visit and enjoy its treasures. 
 
 
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In addition, access to the crypt will be improved, there will be new interpretation at the rear of the church, and a 21st century digital ossuary will be created to enable the public to interrogate the wealth of osteological data removed from the early Anglo-Saxon Bowl Hole cemetery. The funded project will run for three years and will include an ambitious schools programme, events, lectures and a travelling exhibition culminating in an academic symposium in 2021. 
 
County Councillor for the Bamburgh ward and member of the AONB Partnership, Cllr Guy Renner-Thompson said: "This is such an exciting and extraordinary opportunity to celebrate the remarkable heritage of Bamburgh in a new and innovative way. Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to Bamburgh and only a small percentage know about Bamburgh's significance during the Anglo-Saxon period. We really hope this project will enable people to see how central Bamburgh was in relation to our great northern Christian heritage".
 
 
Ivor Crowther, Head of HLF North East, said "Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are very pleased to be able to support 'Accessing Aidan'. This is an important project that addresses Bamburgh's Anglo-Saxon significance as well as enables access to the beautiful and atmospheric crypt". 
 
 
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The project's success is testimony to years of hard work by dedicated volunteers from both Bamburgh Heritage Trust and St Aidan's Parochial Church Council. The initial efforts were led by Jude Aldred, who sadly passed away in June. It is envisaged now that this project will serve as a fitting tribute to Jude, who was very much loved and is greatly missed. 
 
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The Northumberland Coast AONB was designated in 1958 and covers 39 miles of coast from Berwick to the Coquet estuary. Within this stretch of coastline is some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in the country. The Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership is responsible for making sure that this landscape is conserved and enhanced now and for future generations.

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