Friday I’m In Love; Some Father’s Day Weekend Viewing for The Wall
Friday I’m in love! Friday for the Romans was the Day of Venus (Dies Veneris). So we’re wishing you a lovely Friday and a happy Father’s Day weekend.
As a suggestion for some weekend viewing about Hadrian’s Wall, the BBC is re-running the excellent Black and British four part mini-series on IPlayer. In episode 1, Professor David Olusoga explores the fascinating story of the soldiers garrisoning one of Hadrian's Walls forts, and the frontier's long multicultural history.
The series begins in the Cumbrian village of Burgh-by-Sands on the western part of Hadrian’s Wall, where in the 3rd century AD a unit of North African Roman soldiers was garrisoned, making this the first known African community in Britain. In 2016, alongside the local community, Professor Olusoga marked the village’s unique place in black British history with the first of the series’ plaques. In total 20 plaques were erected across Britain, Africa and the Caribbean, commemorating significant people and events.
Enjoy the full series here; https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b082w9p9/black-and-british-a-forgotten-history-1-first-encounters?fbclid=IwAR0d5QZuGBpwVKGehVCEuWDRFok-e-LmGCjNo-9hBGMqdWJK1u7MbkJaRCE