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On Monday 23rd May 6.30-8.30 pm, there will be a joint event in the Parish Centre in Berwick between the Community Archives and Community Geology projects as part of the Peregrini Lindisfarne Scheme.

The workshop will be run by Linda Bankier of the Berwick record Office and Ian Kille of Northumbrian Earth. 

This will explore the different ways of using maps to understand the human history of the area as well as the geological pre-history and will involve practical opportunities to try out some of the techniques. 

Maps have been used by people for many thousands of years and for many different purposes. Most commonly we think of maps as something to use to work out how to get somewhere by car or when out walking or cycling. More and more we use electronic maps in sat navs and in applications like Google Maps which allow us not only to find routes to places but also to explore and area even without travelling to it. Maps have however been made not only as a way of finding places but also for planning railway routes, town design, where to put gas and electricity supplies and to mark ownership, from individuals, for example in house deeds, through to whole countries. 

Maps can also be used as a way of finding resources for example water, coal, clay and limestone. The immense value of maps in so many different ways means that they are an incredibly rich resource when trying to understand not only the human history of an area but also its geological history. 

This workshop will give a practical introduction to the range of maps that are available to help study the history and geology of this area. It will also work through how maps can be used to answer some of the questions that will come up during the archaeological and geological exploration of the various locations to be explored as part of the Peregrini Lindisfarne Scheme. 

This will include comparing maps of different dates to help demonstrate where and when built structures existed and using geological maps to show the order in which rocks were laid down and how to extrapolate surface information to tell you what is beneath the surface. The workshop is open to all and is free, but booking is essential. 

To book a place, contact berwickarchives@woodhorn.org.uk For more information about the Peregrini Lindisfarne Scheme look at http://www.peregrinilindisfarne.org.uk/ and for information about this and other geological events go to http://www.northumbrianearth.co.uk/geo-walks .

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