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Turner's Obsession with Norham

Norham Turner Trail

On a bright day in December Norham Arts Group had the pleasure of welcoming members of the community to an unveiling of the final panel in our Turner Heritage Trail. This trail, celebrates the links between world famous landscape painter, JMW Turner (1775-1851), and the village of Norham. Turner attributed his subsequent fame to early paintings of Norham Castle.

We were delighted to welcome Chris Hardie, Chair of Berwick Preservation Trust to the event. The Trust generously funded the final two panels in the trail. Dr Mark Douglas, Senior Property Curator with English Heritage, was also present. English Heritage has been hugely supportive and pulled out all the stops to allow the trail to continue into the grounds of Norham Castle. In addition, we welcomed Ben Smith, MGH Consultants, who helped with the design of the panels.

Copies of the Turner Trail map are available from Norham Village shop, Berwick Visitor Centre, Norham Church and look out for the new Norham Website.

Now you can have your own 'Turner' £20 note! These were released on February 20th and feature the great man himself along with one of his most celebrated paintings, 'The Fighting Temeraire'

- a tribute to the ship HMS Temeraire which played a distinguished role in Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. It was voted the nation's favourite painting in a BBC Radio 4 poll.

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Wow! Thanks for this WMJ. Now, I just need to get my hands on one of those £20 notes and find someone who uses Snapchat.


Sue - great article.

Have you tried bringing the new Turner £20 note to life?

All you need is a new £20 and a phone.

1. Open the Snapchat app and point the camera at the Snapcode.

2. Press and hold with Snapchat on the Snapcode to unlock the AR Lens.

3. Once unlocked, hover over the note or an image of the new £20.

Watch as it transforms the note into a live piece of Turner artwork.

Take a snap and share it!



Thanks Holly. I am trying to get the hang of this by practising.



Lovely Sue

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