Norham Castle Collection Highlights

The collection consists mainly of cannon shot and projectiles, which reflect the castle’s key role controlling a major crossing point of the river Tweed on the English–Scottish border. There is evidence from several sieges, including cannon balls fired in 1497 from the Scottish bombard cannon Mons Meg.

There is also Romanesque sculpture from the first, post-Conquest castle, as well as an important collection of horse equipment, and items related to literacy and daily life in the castle.

The ruins of Norham Castle were placed into the care of the Office of Works in 1923. The clearance work that followed between 1923 and 1926, to facilitate consolidation of the monument and provide public access, yielded the finds that form the majority of the English Heritage collection, including all the objects below. Earlier discoveries by local antiquarians, which provide evidence for Anglian and prehistoric occupation, are held in private ownership or by other museums.

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