From the Dales to the Sea

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Duration: 30 minutes

Helen Skelton follows the River Wear to discover the clues to fifteen hundred years of Northern history. Helen discovers how ancient buildings, local tradition, ancient maps and even a river bed can help reveal our past - and explain just how our towns and cities have grown.

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    Royalist Newcastle was pitched against Roundhead Sunderland.

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    The army overcame the Marquis of Newcastle's Royalist forces in a series of batttles including Offerton, Hylton and South Shields.

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  • Presenter: Helen Skelton

    Presenter: Helen Skelton

    Presenter Helen Skelton follows the River Wear to discover the clues to 1,500 years of history in the North East of England.

    Helen looks at how ancient buildings, local tradition, historic maps and landscapes can help to reveal the past.

    This photograph shows Helen pictured outside Durham Cathedral on her journey along the river Wear.

  • Blog: Helen Skelton reveals clues to Northern past

    Blog: Helen Skelton reveals clues to Northern past

    Helen Skelton presents a special half hour documentary charting 1,500 years of our history.

    The programme covers the entire stretch of the Wear from Killhope all the way down to Sunderland.

    Read Chris Jackson's blog post about The Great British Story - From the Dales to the Sea below.

    Blog: Helen Skelton reveals clues to Northern past
  • Video feature: River Wear's underwater archaeological finds

    Video feature: River Wear's underwater archaeological finds

    Presenter Helen Skelton travels the length of the River Wear and discovers archaeological finds underneath its waters.

    Gary Bankhead's archaeological dives have resulted in hundreds of objects being found that tell the story of Durham's citizens down the ages.

    His excavation of the riverbed also reveals the full extent of the city's bustling textile trade.

    His collection of 230 seals spanning 400 years is the largest collection outside of London and is of national importance.

    Watch the full video feature on the BBC News website below...

    BBC News: River Wear's underwater archaeological finds

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Helen Skelton

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