Northumberland Line Education Project

Opportunity to be involved in the development of a history/archaeology resource for schools.

The reopening of the rail line between Ashington and Newcastle in South East Northumberland presents an amazing opportunity to reshape how we travel in Northumberland and we want to take this once in a lifetime opportunity to engage with the communities who will benefit from the new rail line and the wider population of Northumberland. 

The Department for Transport made the exciting announcement in January that £34 million funding has been allocated to the Northumberland Line, this funding will support the project’s transition into its detailed design and delivery phase.

Later this year archaeological trenching will take place at a number of sites and we would like to make the most of this fantastic opportunity to develop a history resource to give pupils an insight into the work of an archaeologist and our local history.  We want to develop a resource that meets national curriculum standards and can be offered to all Northumberland schools, but we need your help to get this right and to make sure it is fit for purpose.

We appreciate that this is a lot to ask at the moment, but we don’t want to miss the opportunity when the archaeologists are onsite.  So, if there are any teachers, schools, or partnerships of schools out there who would like to get involved please get in touch for an initial chat, we will be offering some money can’t buy opportunities as a thank you for your time and the opportunity to work with the archaeology team who are leading the digs.

As part of the Northumberland Line project, we would like to develop a package of resources for primary, secondary and SEN schools on archaeology; rail safety; sustainable travel and construction and will be posting about these topics / opportunities in the future.

If you would like to know more please contact: rachael.bateman@northumberland.gov.uk M:07929 836785

For more information about the Northumberland Line can be found here.

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