We will survey how this country has defended its shores and its internal borders from the Iron Age to World War Two with particular reference to the North East of England: from Celtic forts, Roman Wall, Saxon burhs, Norman and medieval castles, Tudor artillery forts, Jacobite wars, industrial and nuclear age warfare.
We look at purpose, construction, life within, siege and storm.
Sessions will cover:
Birrenswalk, practice or battle?
Rome’s North West frontier
Harbottle Castle, stopper in the bottle
Berwick’s Elizabethan Walls
Fighting Prince Charlie
Churchill’s magic army