From 11 to 17 December 2017, we are opening our doors for free to National Lottery players.
The Vindolanda Trust will be throwing open its doors for free to National Lottery players during the week of 11 to 17 December 2017 at Roman Vindolanda and on 16 and 17 December at the Roman Army Museum. They are two of 350 participating National Lottery funded visitor attractions across the UK in saying ‘thanks’ to people who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket.
The Vindolanda Trust has received support for both of its attractions and most is currently building a new gallery and activity centre at Vindolanda thanks to a £1.3m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This new facility, which will display some of the remarkable wooden artefacts uncovered at the Roman site, will open at Easter 2018.
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said:
“December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage, which has been transformed by more than £7bn National Lottery funding since 1994. This is a small gesture of thanks and a way of giving something back to the people who buy tickets.”
The idea is simple: any visitor who presents a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard on 11 to 17 December at Vindolanda and 16 and 17 December at the Roman Army Museum will receive free entry for two adults and up to three children.
Sonya Galloway of the Vindolanda Trust said: “Thanks to National Lottery players we’ve been able to create, modern, engaging and interactive museums for our astonishing collection of Roman artefacts. We are incredibly grateful for the support we have received, and this is a wonderful opportunity to say thank you to lottery players and invite them along so they can see how they have made a difference.
Notes to editors
The National Lottery
National Lottery players raise, on average, over £30 million each week for projects all over the country. In total £37 billion has been raised for Good Causes since The National Lottery began in 1994 and more than 510,000 individual grants have been made across the UK, the majority (70 per cent) of which are for £10,000 or less, helping small projects make a big difference in their community!
The Heritage Lottery Fund
Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk @heritagelottery. For more information, please contact Katie Owen, HLF Press Office on tel: 020 7591 6036 @heritagelottery #NationalLottery
The Vindolanda Trust
The Vindolanda Trust is an independent archaeological charitable trust, founded in 1970. The 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. Every year the up to 500 volunteers take part in the archaeological research of the site and is home of Britain’s top archaeological treasure, the Vindolanda Writing Tablets.
www.vindolanda.com @TheVindolandaTust. For more information, please contact Sonya Galloway, Communications Manager on tel: 01434 344277 #Vindolanda