The Vindolanda Trust

The Vindolanda Trust Two attractions Roman Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum sitting on the world famous Hadrian's Wall Unesco World Heritage site.
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Welcome to the North East’s best day out on Hadrian’s Wall. The Vindolanda Charitable Trust bring you two exciting and unmissable tourist attractions dramatically exploring Roman life on the edge of the empire 2000 years ago. Come and enjoy the world famous Vindolanda Writing Tablets, live archaeology in summertime, the exclusive Eagle Eye 3D film and much more all in the heart of beautiful Northumberland National Park and central section of Hadrian's Wall. *Our Facebook ‘House Rules’* We want our page to be a place where people can share engage with our journey and find out what is happening at both Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum. We welcome feedback – both positive and negative. It helps us to learn and grow. These house rules aim to ensure everyone can enjoy themselves while they’re here: We ask you to be nice and polite to one another – you almost always are! - and respect each other’s views and comments. We ask all users to ensure your contributions are civil, polite, tasteful and suitable for all ages. We won't tolerate disruptive, offensive or abusive behaviour, unlawful or objectionable content. This includes any material which might be defamatory, offensive, infringing, obscene, lewd, pornographic, violent, abusive, insulting, threatening, harassing, discriminatory, blasphemous, indecent or otherwise unlawful or objectionable. It also includes any material which is aggressive, argumentative or likely to be construed as bullying. No spamming or repetition, please, nor off-topic material in subject-specific threads or areas. *Moderation policy* In general, we don’t moderate posts – except on the rare occasion that someone has used offensive language or made libellous allegations about named or identifiable individuals on our page. We have a duty to protect our staff and volunteers, so while deleting comments is totally out of character for us, our legal position is that any post containing a libellous accusations, should be removed. If an individual continues to post offensive, threatening or libellous content then we’ll be forced to block that person from the page. We won’t tolerate postings, content, or links that are racist, sexist or homophobic. We also don’t permit linking to or posting any content which endorses illegal activity, or any activities against the values of the Vindolanda Trust. If you’re concerned that a posting or user content has broken any of our house rules or you’re worried about any comment or content then please send us an email to [email protected] and let us know. If you have any questions about the house rules or the work of The Vindolanda Trust, or queries that need a more in depth answer we are always happy to help. Please email us at [email protected] We support Facebook’s community standards, and ask that you do, too: www.facebook.com/communitystandards

This week we are going to take a closer look at some of our wonderful Roman brooches. Today it’s all about zoomorphic br...
25/05/2020
Zoomorphic Brooches

This week we are going to take a closer look at some of our wonderful Roman brooches. Today it’s all about zoomorphic brooches and they feature in our Curator’s video blog.

https://www.vindolanda.com/blog/zoomorphic-brooches

Vindolanda Curator Barbara Birley takes a closer look at Zoomorphic brooches in this video blog, highlighting some of the objects in the reserve collection.

Another wonderful Vindolanda sunset. This has been one of our lockdown highlights, getting to experience so many of them...
24/05/2020

Another wonderful Vindolanda sunset. This has been one of our lockdown highlights, getting to experience so many of them here and to share them with you.

A damp start to our lockdown day. Site checks done and all well here at Roman Vindolanda.
24/05/2020

A damp start to our lockdown day. Site checks done and all well here at Roman Vindolanda.

Thanks for all the likes, loves and comments on our ancient leather artefacts this last week. We thought we’d add one mo...
23/05/2020

Thanks for all the likes, loves and comments on our ancient leather artefacts this last week. We thought we’d add one more which is this decorative piece of leather which was uncovered last year. 🤎

Next week we’ll be taking a closer look at some of our Roman brooches, until then have a great weekend.

Our final artefact to be featured this week is this wooden comb, complete with leather case.This artefact dates to befor...
22/05/2020

Our final artefact to be featured this week is this wooden comb, complete with leather case.
This artefact dates to before AD 100 and was recovered from a room inside the Commanding Officer's Residence. When excavated the comb was still stored neatly inside the leather case, a wonderful find in our collection.

A photo of Vindolanda in the landscape from earlier today. Big clouds, beautiful site.
21/05/2020

A photo of Vindolanda in the landscape from earlier today. Big clouds, beautiful site.

Our next ancient leather find to profile this week are our tent panels. We find a significant number of them. Tents woul...
21/05/2020

Our next ancient leather find to profile this week are our tent panels. We find a significant number of them. Tents would have been used for campaigns as well as temporary accommodation when on the march.

This tent panel was uncovered during the 2017 excavations of one of our pre-Hadrianic ditches c. AD 105-120. If you look closer at the left hand side of this photograph you can see the details of the stitched edge of the leather. The panels are made from goat skins.

As we continue to profile this week some of our Roman leather artefacts uncovered at Vindolanda we have to mention the s...
20/05/2020

As we continue to profile this week some of our Roman leather artefacts uncovered at Vindolanda we have to mention the shoes. Thousands of leather shoes and boots have been found at our site. One of the finest is the ‘Lepidina’ slipper.

It seems particularly appropriate to post this today as the weather is so hot, it would have been a perfect choice of footwear for a Roman lady on a day like today 1,900 years ago. This beautifully made leather summer sandal is stamped with the maker's name: Lucius Aebutius Thales: perhaps the first designer shoe label in history.

Today we might go and work in the garden, it is such a beautiful day! We look forward to being able to share this space ...
20/05/2020

Today we might go and work in the garden, it is such a beautiful day!
We look forward to being able to share this space with you all again when it is safe to do so.

Another one of our astonishing leather discoveries we are highlighting this week are the boxing gloves. Uncovered in 201...
19/05/2020

Another one of our astonishing leather discoveries we are highlighting this week are the boxing gloves.
Uncovered in 2017 they are the only two surviving examples of Roman leather boxing gloves. The were uncovered on the floor of a cavalry barrack room dated to c AD 105-120, just before the construction of Hadrian’s Wall started.
This wonderful discovery featured in Dr Andrew Birley’s Top 10 Vindolanda Finds of the Decade.

https://www.vindolanda.com/blog/vindolandas-top-10-finds-of-the-decade

Today is the 18th May and on this day almost 2000 years ago a strength report for the First Cohort of Tungrians was writ...
18/05/2020

Today is the 18th May and on this day almost 2000 years ago a strength report for the First Cohort of Tungrians was written. This writing tablet features in our Activity Officer’s Top 10 favourite finds and features. Check out the full list here:
https://www.vindolanda.com/blog/pennys-top-10

The Roman leather mouse discovered at Vindolanda will soon be going on display with some of the finest leather artefacts...
18/05/2020

The Roman leather mouse discovered at Vindolanda will soon be going on display with some of the finest leather artefacts uncovered from Roman times. This week we’re going to highlight some of those other artefacts, starting with the Vindolanda Chamfron.

This almost complete chamfron (horse’s ceremonial face-mask) was found amongst the remains of the residence of Prefect Flavius Cerialis. It is made from tough cow hide with a soft leather lining. The reconstruction shows how impressive it once would have looked, highly decorated with bronze studs and attachments.

If you missed our leather mouse news you can hear more about it in our Curator’s video blog.

https://www.vindolanda.com/blog/an-ancient-leather-mouse

Beautiful weather to end the week here at Vindolanda. Here are a few images from our walk around the site tonight. Stay ...
15/05/2020

Beautiful weather to end the week here at Vindolanda. Here are a few images from our walk around the site tonight.
Stay safe and well everyone, we hope to be able to see you again soon.

Tonight we are taking a moment to reflect and give thanks to everyone out there looking after us and to those who have c...
14/05/2020

Tonight we are taking a moment to reflect and give thanks to everyone out there looking after us and to those who have continued to support The Vindolanda Trust during this period of prolonged closure. We look forward to seeing everyone again soon. Stay safe.

We had some rain yesterday which has made everything look lush and green but as you can see it was not anywhere near eno...
13/05/2020

We had some rain yesterday which has made everything look lush and green but as you can see it was not anywhere near enough to replenished the stream. It is still a little empty at the moment!

We’ve been spoilt during lockdown with glorious evenings at Vindolanda, but quite nice tonight to have a walk in the rai...
12/05/2020

We’ve been spoilt during lockdown with glorious evenings at Vindolanda, but quite nice tonight to have a walk in the rain, for a change!

Roman Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum remain closed and this includes all of our car parks, they are not accessible...
11/05/2020

Roman Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum remain closed and this includes all of our car parks, they are not accessible for public use.

We will re-open when it is safe to do so. Until then #StaySafeStayHome

There is such little water we can actually stand in the middle of the stream to take this photo (without getting our fee...
10/05/2020

There is such little water we can actually stand in the middle of the stream to take this photo (without getting our feet wet!).

Roman Vindolanda from the air. This image was taken earlier today by our lockdown team who are on site. Thank you for st...
09/05/2020

Roman Vindolanda from the air. This image was taken earlier today by our lockdown team who are on site.

Thank you for staying away, just for now.

It is such a beautiful afternoon we wanted to share the Vindolanda garden with you. You do have to use a little imaginat...
09/05/2020

It is such a beautiful afternoon we wanted to share the Vindolanda garden with you. You do have to use a little imagination to picture yourself at one of those benches as we remain closed.

The restrictions have not yet changed. Stay home and stay safe.

Eric Birley (1906-1995). During WW II Eric was recruited into military intelligence and through his work he gained honou...
08/05/2020

Eric Birley (1906-1995). During WW II Eric was recruited into military intelligence and through his work he gained honours from the governments of France, Poland, the USA and was made an MBE. In 1970 Eric became the first Chairman of the newly founded Vindolanda Trust.

Today on the anniversary of VE Day we remember Eric and all others who gave so much. #VEDay75

Tonight at 8pm we will once again clap our hands for the NHS workers, carers and all those working on the frontline. We ...
07/05/2020
Check out Colin Galloway's fundraising page

Tonight at 8pm we will once again clap our hands for the NHS workers, carers and all those working on the frontline.

We also want to say thank you to people who are fundraising including our own Deputy CEO who is running the equivalent length of Hadrian’s Wall with his 13 year old son. Money raised is being split equally between our Survival Appeal and NHS Charities Together. 👏🏻

https://www.vindolanda.com/fundraisers/hadrians-wall-virtual-run-for-vindolanda-nhs-charities-together

Safeguarding the future of the Vindolanda Trust for future generations, as well as raising funds for the NHS, who are working exceptionally hard in these challenging times. All donations will be split 50/50 between the two charities.

Today the 'find from another day' is this stunning silver duck brooch, uncovered in July 2018 from the Severan ditch exc...
07/05/2020

Today the 'find from another day' is this stunning silver duck brooch, uncovered in July 2018 from the Severan ditch excavation.

The brooch an example of a trompetenmuster or trumpet-scroll design. It is thought that the duck was a symbol of honesty, simplicity and resourcefulness as well as transition due to their migratory nature. We have created a replica of this brooch, which is available in pewter or bronze from our online shop. The only silver version of the brooch is the original pictured below. It is now on permanent display in the Vindolanda museum.
https://www.vindolanda.com/shop/replica-duck-brooch

Another beautiful evening here at Roman Vindolanda.
06/05/2020

Another beautiful evening here at Roman Vindolanda.

06/05/2020
Cavalry junction strap discovery.

Today our 'find from another day' is from 25th August 2017 when this wonderfully preserved copper alloy cavalry junction strap was uncovered at Roman Vindolanda. This footage is from the day it was found.

Our ‘find from another day’ was uncovered at Vindolanda in 1998 from a sealed drain which ran under the floor of a room ...
05/05/2020

Our ‘find from another day’ was uncovered at Vindolanda in 1998 from a sealed drain which ran under the floor of a room in the Praetorium, dating the lamp to the late 2nd century.

This is a bronze bull-headed lamp, unusually with the stand still intact. The bull-head theme or motif was a popular decoration from ancient times. One of the nostrils has a small circular cavity underneath, perhaps to drain off old or excess oil.

This wonderful artefact is displayed in the Vindolanda Museum.

A virtual stroll for you around our replica section of Hadrian’s Wall tonight. Built in both timber and stone the replic...
04/05/2020

A virtual stroll for you around our replica section of Hadrian’s Wall tonight. Built in both timber and stone the replica gives you a real sense of scale, you also get a wonderful view from the top.

This week we are looking back on some of our remarkable 'finds from another day' that are now displayed in our two museu...
04/05/2020

This week we are looking back on some of our remarkable 'finds from another day' that are now displayed in our two museums.

We start the week off with the Quintus Sollonius Brooch which is displayed in our Roman Army Museum. It was uncovered in 2006 in the compressed flooring material, just to the west of a hearth in a Hadrianic workshop. The brooch is a dona militaria or military award for valour. You can find out more about this wonderful artefact in our latest blog.
https://www.vindolanda.com/blog/quintus-sollonius-brooch

A change in the weather today but a good downpour of rain was a much needed refreshment for our Vindolanda gardens and s...
03/05/2020

A change in the weather today but a good downpour of rain was a much needed refreshment for our Vindolanda gardens and stream.

We’ll not get used to seeing these empty scenes in what should be our busiest time of the year but these photos that we’...
02/05/2020

We’ll not get used to seeing these empty scenes in what should be our busiest time of the year but these photos that we’ll continue to share capture a new moment in the site’s long history.

Looks like there’s trouble brewing over that fort wall!
01/05/2020

Looks like there’s trouble brewing over that fort wall!

It is great to see some of our ‘crafty creations’ ideas coming to life. Well done to Heidi (8), Avril (5) and Ola (3) fr...
01/05/2020

It is great to see some of our ‘crafty creations’ ideas coming to life. Well done to Heidi (8), Avril (5) and Ola (3) from Uffington, Oxfordshire, for creating this scene with Hadrian’s Wall and an impressive aqueduct!

If you make these at home send us your photographs and we’ll add them to our gallery on the website.

https://www.vindolanda.com/crafty-creations

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Should have been heading here today for the Grand Birthday Party but instead I’m having to get up at stupid o’clock as I’m on an early shift at work. Don’t eat all the cake- as soon as the current crisis is over you guys are one of the first places on my list - if only for my share of the birthday cake! Stay safe!
Interesting Roman road example.
My Vindolanda Duck is out on the town celebrating the New Year and the arrival of the Vindolanda Trust’s 50th year - can’t wait to be part of the celebrations
Here's to many more amazing finds next year ###x Sean .
I had a very authentic start to my day at Vindolanda, frost and mist everywhere, no wonder they called it 'white lands / fields / plains'. It's just a pity it was too dim to take photos on my phone first thing. I think the ice defrosted but the site didn't get much warmer. I was so glad I was there today though because it was so beautiful. ❄❄❄
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Great visit in last August !
Wonderful images can't see enough. Wish I could be there .
Vindolanda I love it 😆
Great for you
31st July walking from Penrith to Vinodlanda in aid of the new accessible centre for post-excavation etc.