The Vindolanda Trust which operates both Roman Vindolanda fort and museum and the Roman Army Museum has been awarded a £105,000 grant by Arts Council England through its Resilience Fund towards an ambitious three part project that will see the redevelopment of two of the open air museum buildings at Vindolanda and the conversion of a new mini bus to create a multi-media mobile facility that will deliver aspects of the award winning on site provision with rural community groups and schools.
An inviting and interactive replica home will provide access for a younger audience to a multi-sensory space, with strong National Curriculum links, showcasing children in the Roman landscape based on evidence from the Vindolanda excavations.
A new interactive, environmental and economically sustainable temporary exhibition space. The repurposed building will be used to display in-house temporary exhibitions as well as external art, music and research exhibitions.
The Romans on the Road
The Vindolanda education team will use the converted multi-media bus to provide a fresh and innovative way of engaging with audiences who due to time, budget or capability are unable to access the sites.
Museum curator, Barbara Birley, said “The Vindolanda Trust is delighted that the Arts Council Resilience Fund is grant aiding this exciting project which will offer new opportunities for families with young children and small rural communities to engage with Vindolanda’s world class heritage”.
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The Vindolanda Trust
The Vindolanda Trust is an independent archaeological charitable trust, founded in 1970. The Vindolanda Trust does not receive any annual funding and relies on the visitors to both Roman Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum to fund its archaeological, conservation and education work.
Roman Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum are both situated in the heart of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, Roman Vindolanda is just to the north of the village of Bardon Mill and the Roman Army Museum is next to the village of Greenhead.
Roman Vindolanda is regarded as the most exciting archaeological site in Europe with its wealth of archaeological remains and ongoing excavations. Vindolanda is home to the world famous Vindolanda Writing Tablets, voted as Britain’s top archaeological treasure by the British Museum, these thin hand written wooden notes have revealed an astonishing amount of first-hand information from the people who lived at this site 2000 years ago.
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspire us, bring us together and teach us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, they make life better. Between 2015 and 2018, we plan to invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.