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Visitor Information Centre

In 2008 a donation of a portacabin from a local Cricket Club sourced by TBS member Tony Shepherd enabled TBS to create a ‘base’ in which information could be displayed to the public. The VIC was located near a local pub, The Crooked Billet and contained donated information boards about digs, the battlefield society, work from local school children, donated artwork and items of interest from members.

Tim Sutherland opening the original VIC with then Chairman Mark Taylor in 2008
Tim Sutherland opening the original VIC with then Chairman Mark Taylor in 2008

Over the years the VIC has undergone regular maintenance and updates. As the original portacabin deteriorated over the years, in 2017 TBS took the decision to replace it with a newer version. As part of this upgrade, we were also able to improve the access by creating a ramp up to the door ensuring that the Visitors Information Centre could be more easily accessible to all.

The 2017 Visitor Information Centre
The 2017 Visitor Information Centre
The 2017 Visitor Information Centre revamp
The 2017 Visitor Information Centre revamp

With a new portacabin the inside layout was revised and improved with part of the interior containing information about the battlefield society and the other, information about the battle and the 15th Century.

We continue to develop and upgrade the displays – most recently to include large scale images of a knight, an archer and a billman showing reproduction weapons, armour and clothing of the period with a focus on accuracy.

2022 Visitor Information Centre updates
2022 Visitor Information Centre updates

The VIC also now provides a location for meetings and a base for TBS to provide talks and ‘show and tell’ by prior arrangement with groups before or after walking the battlefield.

The VIC is unmanned but visitors are always welcome to have a look. You will find it locked but the key is available by request from The Crooked Billet – we just ask that you lock up afterwards.

We hope you find the information inside it of interest and that you enjoy your visit. Should you want more information, please explore our website for further reading and links.