Sarah Farooqi puts Bamburgh Bones on the map

Local artist Sarah Farooqi has specially created one of her beautiful maps for the Bamburgh Bones project. The new visitor orientation map, complete with an eider duck, sheep and croquet players on the green, is of the whole of Bamburgh and is intended to help visitors to get the most out of their visits to the beautiful village.

The recently commissioned map will be part of the new Bamburgh Bones website, which is due to be launched in October at the same time as the crypt of St Aidan’s is opened to the public. The crypt houses the Bamburgh Ossuary and the Bamburgh Bones website will help interpret the remarkable story of our Anglo-saxon
ancestors, enable access to the digital ossuary database as well as help people to visit the actual crypt.

Sarah Farooqi said “I've always wanted to make a map of Bamburgh and had a lot of fun with this. The Bamburgh Bones project is fascinating and I can't wait to see it all in action". Sam Morton of Bamburgh Heritage Trust added “We are absolutely delighted with Sarah’s fabulous colourful and distinctive new map of Bamburgh and feel that this is a worthy addition to Sarah’s portfolio of Northumberland landmarks”. The new map will be displayed in the car park and in other locations in the village as well as copies being available to purchase on Sarah’s website.

The Bamburgh Bones project, telling the Anglo-Saxon story at Bamburgh in the crypt of St. Aidan’s Church, has been made possible by a grant of £355,600 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The grant enables a partnership of the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership, St. Aidan’s Parochial Church Council, Bamburgh Heritage Trust and Northumberland County Council to work together to reopen the beautiful 12th century crypt to the public once again.

It is the ambition of Bamburgh Bones to use projection and interactive technology to tell the fabulous story of Bamburgh. The central message of the interpretation will concentrate on the Bowl Hole Ossuary, created in 2016 in the small second crypt. This is the last resting place of the people who lived in Bamburgh 1,400 years ago, when it was the cosmopolitan centre of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria.

Just like today, people lived and worked in the spectacular coastal village or travelled from far and wide to visit and enjoy its treasures.