Robin Birley

Vindolanda Trust - Thursday, August 30, 2018
It is with immense sadness that The Vindolanda Trust announces the death of Robin Birley, founder Director of the Trust, on the evening of Wednesday August 29th 2018. Robin died, as he lived, with great courage and dignity and was surrounded by the love and comfort of his son Andrew, daughter Sonya, brother Tony and his devoted wife and soulmate Patricia. The Vindolanda Trust will forever indebted and grateful to Robin for without his determination, passion and incredible vision Vindolanda would not be the amazing Roman site that it is today. He was an inspirational and generous leader with boundless energy who encourage Read more...

Winter Opening 2018-2019

Vindolanda Trust - Thursday, August 16, 2018
After a wonderful summer at Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum, our trustees have decided on the below opening hours for winter 2018-2019. Vindolanda will remain open daily up to and including January 3rd 2019, except Christmas Day. The Roman Army Museum will be open every weekend and available for group bookings of 20 or more. Please contact the office for further details. Roman Vindolanda Museum & Fort Daily 10am to 4pm 5th Nov 2018 to Jan 3rd 2019 (Closed Christmas Day) Last admission: 1 hour before closing Roman Army Museum Weekends Only 10am to 4pm 5th Nov to Read more...

Bronze hand discovery

Vindolanda Trust - Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Bronze hand attributed to a Roman God Jupiter Dolichenus unearthed at Vindolanda. A new five-year research excavation started at Roman Vindolanda in April 2018. The research targets the distinct Severan period of Vindolanda’s history c. AD 208-212, an era defined by internal conflict, civil war, genocide and the rebellion against Roman rule. Vindolanda’s archaeologists, assisted by a team of volunteers from around the world, were only a few weeks into to the excavation season when a remarkable artefact was uncovered in the top layers of the northern Severan ditch fill, some 1.5 meters below the modern-day Read more...

Rare Ancient Roman Boxing Gloves Uncovered at Vindolanda.

Vindolanda Trust - Monday, February 19, 2018
During the summer of 2017 Vindolanda archaeologists enjoyed one of their most successful annual research excavation seasons to date with one remarkable discovery after another coming to light. A small hoard of wafer thin Vindolanda Writing Tablets, many full of ancient cursive script, was quickly followed by a cache of material culture uncovered during the excavation of a pre-Hadrianic cavalry barrack. The finds included complete swords, copper alloy horse gear, more precious writing tablets, leather shoes, bath clogs, combs, dice and two very unusual and distinctive pieces of leather. These two unusual leather objects have ver Read more...

Thank you Lottery players

Vindolanda Trust - Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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 c Read more...

Exquisite collection of Roman cavalry finds.

Vindolanda Trust - Sunday, September 10, 2017
Swords, arrow heads and ballista bolts amongst a cache of artefacts discovered during cavalry barrack excavations at Roman Vindolanda. During the past few weeks archaeologists at the Roman fort of Vindolanda have made one remarkable discovery after another in what has been an exceptional year for the research excavations. Test pit excavations, below the stone foundations of the last stone fortress revealed a layer of black, sweet smelling and perfectly preserved anaerobic, oxygen free, soils in an area where they were completely unexpected. Hidden in this soil were the timber walls and floors, fences, pottery and anim Read more...

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