Segedunum Roman Fort & Museum

Segedunum Roman Fort & Museum Where Rome's great frontier begins. Museum preserving the remains of Segedunum - 'strong fort' - at the eastern end of Hadrian's Wall, overseen by a 35m viewing tower. Gift shop and Cafe.
Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums manage Segedunum Roman Fort & Museum on behalf of North Tyneside Council.
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Marking the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall at Wallsend, Segedunum Roman Fort & Museum is one of the most fully excavated fort sites anywhere in the Roman Empire. Once home to 600 Roman soldiers who guarded the frontier against barbarian attack for almost 300 years, the site features the remains of the original Roman fort, an interactive museum, and full-scale reconstructions of a bath house (currently externally viewed only) and a section of Wall. The 35 metre high viewing tower provides outstanding views across this UNESCO World Heritage Site and the River Tyne, in a place of great historical significance, both ancient and contemporary.

*OBJECT OF THE WEEK*Each week, we're looking at an object from our collections in more detail.This is a complete roof ti...
02/06/2020

*OBJECT OF THE WEEK*
Each week, we're looking at an object from our collections in more detail.

This is a complete roof tile from the headquarter’s building in the fort. The tile is difficult to date. It may have been made in the late second century, but possibly in the third. They are also long-lived things; it was found in a post-Roman layer so was probably still on the roof of the headquarters building right to the end of the Roman period. They were not particularly good at making tiles at Wallsend, and this a fine example of one of their poorer products – it is overfired, warped and the left-hand side badly distorted. They still used it, though!

*MYSTERY OBJECT QUIZ*Every week we are sharing one object from our Roman Gallery and asking you to guess from the image ...
01/06/2020

*MYSTERY OBJECT QUIZ*
Every week we are sharing one object from our Roman Gallery and asking you to guess from the image below what it is. We will then reveal the answer later in the week.

Can you guess what I am?

Clue: This is used to fasten clothing together.

*MYSTERY OBJECT QUIZ*And the answer is ...These are throwing stones. Roman soldiers used these as weapons when they were...
21/05/2020

*MYSTERY OBJECT QUIZ*
And the answer is ...

These are throwing stones. Roman soldiers used these as weapons when they were standing on the fort wall. They may have been used in ‘ballista’ artillery (ie thrown from catapults), but no one knows how common such artillery weapons were on the frontier.
Throwing stones were very effective for dropping on the head of anyone trying to attack the fort. They really could do a lot of damage as generally, as far as we know, the Britons didn’t wear helmets. Even if they don’t kill, you are out of the fight for a good while – just watch anyone hit by a cricket ball.

Many thanks to everyone who posted their answer and well done if you got it right. Roman History Hadrian's Wall Path Hadrian's Wall NT

*OBJECT OF THE WEEK* Each week, we're going to look in more detail at an object from our collections.The beautiful objec...
19/05/2020

*OBJECT OF THE WEEK* Each week, we're going to look in more detail at an object from our collections.

The beautiful object below is a setting from a finger-ring showing a goat eating from a palm tree. It can be read in different ways: traditionally a symbol of life and renewal, it can refer to the prosperity of the countryside or be seen as an image of resourcefulness. A palm branch was also a symbol of victory and peace.

Made from carnelian and probably dates from mid to late second century. Roman History #museumathome

*MYSTERY OBJECT QUIZ*Every week we are going to be sharing one object from our Roman Gallery and asking you to guess bel...
18/05/2020

*MYSTERY OBJECT QUIZ*
Every week we are going to be sharing one object from our Roman Gallery and asking you to guess below what it is. We will then reveal the answer later in the week.

Can you guess what I am?

Clue: Soldiers use these to attack the enemy.

*MYSTERY OBJECT QUIZ*And the answer is ...These are hobnails - which were small iron nails hammered into the sole of lea...
14/05/2020

*MYSTERY OBJECT QUIZ*
And the answer is ...
These are hobnails - which were small iron nails hammered into the sole of leather boots and shoes to make them last longer.

Thanks to everyone who posted their response and well done those who answered correctly!

Visit Hadrian's Wall
14/05/2020

Visit Hadrian's Wall

Statement from the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site – 13th May 2020

Following the Prime Minister’s address to the Nation on Sunday 10th May, all organisations who manage visitor attractions and facilities along Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site understand that as from today, people may be preparing to access the countryside for outdoor recreation.

We very much look forward to welcoming visitors back to Hadrian’s Wall. However, it is important to know that many of the sites and spaces are still adhering to the Government’s lock-down criteria and are not allowed to re-open. All ticketed-attractions along Hadrian’s Wall remain closed at the moment and there is no public transport available. You may also find that visitor facilities such as car parks and toilets remain closed also, whilst the organisations that provide and look after these amenities are satisfied that they can be opened safely, both for our visitors, our staff and for those that live close by. If in doubt, please visit the respective websites of those organisations who manage these amenities for more information.

If you’re walking on any of the public rights of way, we ask that you practice social distancing at all times, particularly around farm buildings and houses and to follow The Countryside Code. The countryside is a living, working place and the safety of rural and farming communities is in the foremost of our minds. Please consider our local communities and try not to visit towns, villages and hamlets if possible

*OBJECT OF THE WEEK* Each week, we're going to look in more detail at an object from our collections.This is a tantalizi...
12/05/2020

*OBJECT OF THE WEEK* Each week, we're going to look in more detail at an object from our collections.

This is a tantalizing fragment of a roof decoration in the form of a human head. It is not a mould-made antefix from the bottom edge of the roof - the most common form of roof decoration in the Roman period - but may come from the ridge. Antefixes are very rare in Britain, and mainly associated with the legions rather than auxiliary units, and this piece is rarer still.

Antefix = an upright ornament along the eaves of a tiled roof designed to conceal the joints between the rows of tiles.

It's 20 years today since the UK release of the multiple #Oscar winning film #Gladiator starring Russell Crowe and direc...
12/05/2020
Russell Crowe on ‘Gladiator’ 20 Years Later, From Risky Stunts to Working With Ridley Scott

It's 20 years today since the UK release of the multiple #Oscar winning film #Gladiator starring Russell Crowe and directed by South Shields lad Ridley Scott. 'What we do in life echoes in eternity.' What's your favourite line/scene? https://variety.com/2020/film/news/russell-crowe-interview-gladiator-20th-anniversary-1234596980/

At the 2001 Oscars, Russell Crowe took center stage at the Dolby Theater to accept best actor for “Gladiator,” using his speech to urge young viewers to follow their acting dreams. Now,…

*Mystery Object Quiz*Every week we are going to be sharing an object from our Roman Gallery and asking you to guess what...
11/05/2020

*Mystery Object Quiz*
Every week we are going to be sharing an object from our Roman Gallery and asking you to guess what it is. We'll be revealing the answer later in the week.

Can you guess what I am?

Clue: You would usually find this item on the bottom of soldiers' boots.

We can't visit Hadrian's Wall for real at the moment, but we can follow a virtual tour thanks to Visit Hadrian's Wall. W...
28/04/2020

We can't visit Hadrian's Wall for real at the moment, but we can follow a virtual tour thanks to Visit Hadrian's Wall. We'd love to hear about your memories of walking/visiting the Wall and see your photos.

Hadrian’s Wall virtual tour - Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum

Day 2 of our tour finds us on the banks of the Tyne in modern day Wallsend. A 35 metre high viewing tower usually allows visitors to see the outlines of barrack blocks, stables, the headquarters building and the commander’s house. Across the road is a full scale reconstruction of a section of Hadrian’s Wall alongside an 80 metre stretch of the original wall. Troops stationed here at different times came from what is now Belgium and northern France. A reconstructed part of a barrack block in the Roman Gallery of the museum shows how cavalry and their mounts were housed.

Please share your pictures and memories of Segedunum in the comments, we'd love to see them!

Interesting fact: Sentius Tectonicus, an 8ft weathered steel sculpture of a Roman centurion guards the fort entrance. (Sculpture by John O'Rourke.)

Find out more at https://segedunumromanfort.org.uk

Dr Dan Jackson's online lecture Understanding the Northumbrians: Cultural Archaeology and the Pursuit of the Longue Duré...
27/04/2020
LIVE STREAM: Dr Dan Jackson, Author and Historian

Dr Dan Jackson's online lecture Understanding the Northumbrians: Cultural Archaeology and the Pursuit of the Longue Durée in the History of North East England, taking place on Wednesday at 6.30pm, is now fully booked, but a video will be available to view online the following day.
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/news-events/events/2020/04/live-stream--dan-jackson-public-lecture/

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Our venues might not be physically open at the moment, but there's still plenty going on behind-the-scenes. Sign up to o...
27/04/2020
Register | Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums

Our venues might not be physically open at the moment, but there's still plenty going on behind-the-scenes. Sign up to our free Must-see Museums membership to step into our virtual world, enjoy digital content during the lockdown and to receive discounts and special offers when we reopen our doors. https://segedunumromanfort.org.uk/member/register

Tell us a little more about yourself so we can match your interests with events at our 9 museums and galleries. As a member we’ll send you monthly e-newsletters tailored for you. You’ll always be the first to hear about the things that you love, as well as gaining the benefits of member only off...

From our friends Down Under
27/04/2020

From our friends Down Under

Thought people might appreciate this gem. Bin day Australia.

It's a beautiful day to mark the 50th anniversary of #EarthDay. Let's celebrate #EarthDay2020 by staying at home and app...
22/04/2020

It's a beautiful day to mark the 50th anniversary of #EarthDay. Let's celebrate #EarthDay2020 by staying at home and appreciating the natural environment around us. Often grown in Roman gardens, rosemary was regarded as having many health benefits, including a refreshing effect on the spirit and improving the memory. #EarthDayathome

The Vindolanda Trust
21/04/2020

The Vindolanda Trust

Today our Vindolanda 'find from another day' is this beautiful complete belt buckle, uncovered from the excavations of a 4th century ditch on 9th August 2017.

Following advice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we took the decision to close Segedunum Roman Fort & Museum on We...
09/04/2020

Following advice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we took the decision to close Segedunum Roman Fort & Museum on Wednesday 18 March until further notice. We will be monitoring government guidance and share any new information about access to our venue when this is available.

In the meantime, we’re creating digital experiences and resources so that you can still enjoy our wonderful collections from home. We are adding these to our website and social media.

Please sign up to our emails at mustseemuseums.org.uk and check our social media channels so we can keep you up to date.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this challenging time. Stay well and we look forward to welcoming you back in due course.

Does Culture Matter? Are you missing the cinema or your favourite museum? @crystalliseduk are asking you to tell them ho...
06/04/2020

Does Culture Matter? Are you missing the cinema or your favourite museum? @crystalliseduk are asking you to tell them how you feel and what you're up to each week by signing up for a survey that helps arts orgs in this new landscape. https://mailchi.mp/crystallised/dcm20

Help us to 'collect' these times and record your street  during tonight's #ClapForCarers at 8pm.
02/04/2020

Help us to 'collect' these times and record your street during tonight's #ClapForCarers at 8pm.

👏 We need your help tonight - Thursday 2 April.

👏 If you're taking part in the #clapforcarers tonight and you can - please send us an *audio* recording of no more than *1 minute* alongside a photo of your street and the street name to : [email protected]

👏 we would be very grateful - you'd be contributing to the historical record of these times.

Congratulations to The Vindolanda Trust on their 50th anniversary which they celebrated yesterday. Looking forward to ge...
02/04/2020

Congratulations to The Vindolanda Trust on their 50th anniversary which they celebrated yesterday. Looking forward to getting back together with our Hadrian's Wall partners and celebrating.

Wish you could all be here today to help us celebrate.

But in the meantime the handful of us here will do the best we can to eat the cup cakes and drink the fizz!

This is a great introduction for anyone wanting to know more about Hadrian's Wall, especially kids studying Roman histor...
01/04/2020
History KS2: Soldiers in Roman Britain

This is a great introduction for anyone wanting to know more about Hadrian's Wall, especially kids studying Roman history at KS2: Soldiers in Roman Britain. Create your own Vindolanda Tablet: write a letter from a soldier to his family at home explaining what life was like in Britain, describing Hadrian's wall, what it was built for and what their day to day life was like. https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-soldiers-in-roman-britain/z7d9wty

Bettany Hughes explains the significance of Hadrian’s Wall and uncovers what life was like for Roman soliders in Britain. Suitable for teaching History at KS2 level and Second level.

Reasons To Be Cheerful. April's NARC. comes to you in digital format. Featuring interviews, tips on staying well, and a ...
31/03/2020
NARC. April 2020

Reasons To Be Cheerful. April's NARC. comes to you in digital format. Featuring interviews, tips on staying well, and a free download of their annual compilation album with some of the region's most exciting musicians. Enjoy and share.

www.bit.ly/narcapril

NARC. magazine is the premier alternative music and culture magazine for the North East, covering music, art, theatre, comedy, film and much more

We're just having a look at a project that ran a few years ago - A History of the #NorthEast in 100 Objects which featur...
30/03/2020

We're just having a look at a project that ran a few years ago - A History of the #NorthEast in 100 Objects which featured our model of the Bermuda floating dock built by Swan Hunter. Explore the other 99 objects at 100objectsne.co.uk/objects

Don't forget to put your clocks forward one hour tonight as we move into British Summer Time. Back in the days of the Ro...
28/03/2020

Don't forget to put your clocks forward one hour tonight as we move into British Summer Time. Back in the days of the Roman empire, time was a very complicated business. Days were divided into 12 day-hours and 12 night-hours. The first daylight hour (hora prima) began at sunrise, noon was the sixth hour (hora sexta), and the last hour (hora duodecima) ended at sunset. Day-hours and night-hours were not equal in duration and varied according to season. So in summer, day-hours could be as long as 90 minutes and in winter as short as 45 minutes, with night-hours contracting and expanding accordingly. The Romans used sundials to tell the time, but as they only worked in sunshine, Greek water clocks were used to measure time at night. Anyone want to guess where this photo of a sundial was taken?

The Vindolanda Trust
22/03/2020

The Vindolanda Trust

Sending you all a little bit of sunshine.
Happy Mother’s Day - these flowers are for you, from all of us at The Vindolanda Trust.
#StaySafeStayHome

A message from our retail colleagues>>
20/03/2020

A message from our retail colleagues>>

Following new advice in response to the COVID 19 pandemic and in line with other cultural organisations, we have taken t...
17/03/2020
Register | Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums

Following new advice in response to the COVID 19 pandemic and in line with other cultural organisations, we have taken the difficult decision to close all of our museums and galleries and the archives, including Segedunum Roman Fort & Museum, from 5pm on Wednesday 18 March.

This is provisionally until 1 May 2020, but we will be reviewing the situation and updating if anything changes.

Please sign up to our emails at mustseemuseums.org.uk and check our social media channels and website so we can keep you up to date with what’s going on.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this challenging time. Stay well and we look forward to welcoming you back in due course.

https://segedunumromanfort.org.uk/member/register

Tell us a little more about yourself so we can match your interests with events at our 9 museums and galleries. As a member we’ll send you monthly e-newsletters tailored for you. You’ll always be the first to hear about the things that you love, as well as gaining the benefits of member only off...

The Late Shows
17/03/2020

The Late Shows

Following the briefing from government last night on the Covid-19 situation, the Late Shows has been cancelled for 2020. Thank you all for your support. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2021.

Dear visitors. Segedunum is currently open as usual, though some events may not go ahead as planned. Please check the we...
16/03/2020

Dear visitors. Segedunum is currently open as usual, though some events may not go ahead as planned. Please check the website before visiting. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely on a daily basis and follow the advice of health authorities and Government bodies. Thank you for continuing to support our venue.

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Buddle St
Wallsend
NE28 6HR

5 minute walk from Wallsend Metro and Bus station

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Following advice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken the decision to close Segedunum Roman Fort & Museum until 1 May 2020. We will be reviewing the situation and posting updates if anything changes. We thank you for your understanding and support during these challenging times and look forward to welcoming you to the Museum once it re-opens.

Our opening times: 13 January - 31 March 2020, 10am – 3pm, Monday-Saturday (closed Sundays) | half term school holidays 15-23 February, 10am - 4pm | from 1 April open daily 10am - 5pm.

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Thought people might appreciate this gem. Bin day Australia.
Thank you for inviting Nova Radio North East 102.5fm to broadcast from the Free Fireworks at the Fort 2019 on 5th November. Looking forward to it. :) Regards Neil Kipling Station Manager
Closed on a Saturday and Sunday? What's that all about, the days when most people are not working and could visit. Unbelievable...
I can't believe this Elmer is at Central Station! Totally should have been at Segedunum
everything,,i loved my visit there..
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Great day out yesterday. The guys doing the re-enactment were fantastic.
Greetings . I present to you my page dedicated to NARBO MARTIVS ( Roman Narbonne , south of the France ) , NARBONENSIS capital's , second Roman port after OSTIA in North-Western Europe and city among the top 20 according with the very famous Roman author AVSONIVS ( Ausone ) in ORDO VRBIVM NOBILIVM ( order of great noble cities ) : Narbo Martivs , première fille de Rome .
Segedunum is open today! 2nd April is full of family fun!
Family Fun looks great today at Segedunum.
My first venture into Archaeology on this site 96 onwards