2019 Berwick venues and events – 15

Visitor Centre (former Methodist Church)

Venue 23

Find out about the town of Berwick in its newest Visitor Centre sited in a former Methodist Church. See the Tweed 900 Tapestry, exhibitions and a film about Berwick's history. Originally, there were two Methodist Chapels in Berwick - Primitive and Wesleyan. This building was the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, which was opened in 1797 with alterations made in 1878. In the early 1920s both congregations amalgamated and worshipped together in this building until 2017, when it was sold. The building reopened as a Visitor Centre in 2019.
Friday 10:00-16:00, Saturday 10:00-16:00 and Sunday 10:00-16:00
(no booking required) Walkergate

Wilmott’s Fortress Air Raid Shelter

Venue 24

Look inside a rare Second World War Wilmott's Fortress Air Raid Shelter, which played a part in the Secret Army's defence of Britain. In 2015, postgraduate students of Newcastle University excavated an air raid shelter in the garden of a house on Castle Terrace, prior to the garden's redesign. It proved to be not an Anderson Shelter, as previously thought, but a Wilmott's Fortress shelter, made by a company in Bristol. The excavation also brought to light the unexpected role the shelter played in the defence of Britain, having been used to listen to U-boat activity in the Channel via a radio installed in the shelter. The excavations were published in Current Archaeology Issue 332 (November 2015).
Saturday 14:00-16:00 and Sunday 14:00-16:00 (no booking required)
11 Castle Terrace (left hand side near the bottom).

About the author 

Homer Lindsay

Retired Global ERP Financial Applications Analyst and Developer with an interest in people; places; photography.

A member of the Berwick Heritage Open Days Steering Group and its website developer.