Excavations are an ongoing feature of life along the Wall, with fresh artifacts and new clues continually surfacing. Most recently, a Roman road has been unearthed at Housesteads, while at Vindolanda a rolling programme of excavations keeps archaeologists and volunteers alike on their (sandaled) toes.
Chesters Roman Fort
2016 is set to be a landmark year for Chesters Roman Fort in Chollerford, which has undergone something of a reinvention. The museum connected to the fort was opened in 1896 by John Clayton, a wealthy Victorian who bought and excavated key sites along the Wall, carefully preserving and protecting them for future generations. Curators and historians have now made Clayton’s story central to the Chesters Roman Fort experience using new technologies to bring to vivid life every Roman object held in the collection.
The Mansio Project is an intriguing mobile venue that will be touring key spots along the Wall during summer 2016. Part contemporary teahouse, part reading room, the Mansio is a transformable structure inspired by the geometry of Roman Mansios. Inside, written fiction will be displayed and the all-white architectural artwork will glow warmly like a lantern as evening falls.
Hadrian’s Wall Live - book now!
3 & 4 September 2016 is all about Hadrian’s Wall Live: a super-packed schedule of events and festivities happening at Birdoswald & Housesteads Roman Forts. There’ll be one epic battle, Gladiatorial combat, Roman falconry, pottery and food along with a hot air balloon ride. Clear your diary, call your friends and get involved! Tickets are available from the English Heritage website. View more information about the events here or watch the trailer below.