EYEMOUTHS 16TH CENTURY FORT……..BACK ON THE MAP
Friends of Eyemouth Fort is a community Project to “ bring to light “ the importance of our Fort in both European and British history in the 16th century .
Our interest began 3 years ago because of concerns that there was no signage, poor access and little knowledge of the Fort, also erosion of the site was increasing.
Following advice from Chris Bowles Archaeologist at S .B.C. we contacted S.C.A.P.E (who deal with archaeological sites in danger of erosion in Scotland ) based at the University of St Andrews led by Dr Tom Dawson. Following meetings with the S.C.A.P.E. team we held public meetings and from those meetings Friends of Eyemouth Fort evolved.
The Project has grown beyond all expectations. We now have the only Virtual Reality 3D model in the area, housed in the museum, thanks to the involvement of The School of Computing Science at St Andrews University( through S.C.A.P.E.) . We have had financial support locally from B.H.A. residents committee, Ahlstrom and a continued vital support from General Mills Berwick.
Both the Primary School and The High School have been involved in Geophysics and 3D Catching and the initial work on creating the 3D Reality theme. All working with the expertise of the St Andrews Team. This involvement continues.
The Friends Committee have given presentations at Crieff, the Scottish Communities Archaeological Conference, we were among only 6 projects from the whole of Scotland to address the conference and at Queen Margaret University. We also have spoken at many groups across the borders. “ Putting Eyemouth back on the Map “ is our theme.
Our next step is to have signage up at the Fort, S.B.C. have agreed to cut the grass on a regular basis to ensure improved access.
We are working on leaflets and merchandise which will be available at the museum.
We are always looking for new members to support our project, we have talks and presentations and research details available.
If you would be interested in joining us, please contact Fiona Glover 01890751108
The following it the flyover which is avail to everyone who visits Eyemouth museum and wishes to experience an interactive ‘look around’ the 16th Fort.
The following Youtube clip is the presentation given at the Queen Margaret University involving both SCAPE and Friends of the Fort for the East Lothian & Borders Archaeological Society conference in November 2014
The following Youtube clip isthe presentation given at Crief for the Scottish Communities Archaeological conference, also in November 2014. Friends of Eyemouth Fort were one of six groups invited to give a presentation