This website's History section is packed with fascinating information about Hadrian's Wall, the Romans and what happened once they left.
About Hadrians Wall
- Soldiers and Settlements - where did the soldiers come from? Did civilians live near the Wall too?
- Building of Hadrian's Wall - from turf to stone turrets, find out about the First Plan and the Vallum ditch.
- Invasion and Conquest of Britain - before Hadrian, two emperors invaded Britain in AD43 and AD68. But why didn't they stay?
- Military Landscape - learn about towers and mile-fortlets.
- Why was the Wall built? - was it for frontier control or military defence?
Life on Hadrian's Wall
- A Wall in Scotland - more about the Antonine Wall and the reoccupation of Hadrian's Wall.
- A Wall to separate Romans and Barbarians - find out about The Stanegate and consolidating the Empire's frontiers.
- A frontier garrison - who built the wall and who garrisoned it?
- A wall made of turf? - why the Romans first built in grass and soil.
- Border control - more about The Vallum, a massive earthwork of ditches and mounds.
- Conquered and conquerors - discover how the Carvetii tribe of Carlisle survived under Roman rule.
- Frontier towns - who lived in the towns near Hadrian's Wall?
- Hadrian's Wall at night - find out about the Roman signalling system and how the original design of the Wall changed.
- Supplying the Frontier - how rivers and the sea played a major role in supply routes.
- The German Frontier - have you heard of the German Limes, the Bavarian version of Hadrian's Wall?
More useful links
- Explore Roman Carlisle - by Tullie House - using interactive maps and timelines, object re-construction and entertaining games.
- Tales of the Frontier - Visitors’ responses to different images of Hadrian’s Wall - by Durham University's Centre for Roman Cultural Studies.
- UNESCO Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site. The World Heritage follows the edge of the Roman Empire. Ir runs from Hadrian’s Wall in the far north west, through Europe. It continues around the Mediterranean, Red and Black Seas and across the north of Africa back to the Atlantic coast.
- Hadrian’s Wall and its legacy on Tyneside by WallQuest. This community archaeology project focuses on the easternmost 30 miles of Hadrian’s Wall between South Shields and Hexham/Corbridge.