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...

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...

If the shoe fits

Vindolanda Trust - Monday, October 10, 2016
1,800 years ago the Roman army built one of its smallest but most heavily defended forts at the site of Vindolanda, which is now a part of the Frontiers of The Roman Empire World Heritage Site. The small garrison of a few hundred soldiers and their families took shelter behind a series of large ditches and ramparts, while outside the walls a war was raging between the northern British Tribes and Roman forces. Once the war was over (c AD 212) the troops and their dependants pulled out of the fort, and anything that they could not carry with them on the march was tossed into the defensive ditches. The rubbish in the ditches was then quickly Read more...

The Vindolanda Trust collection gains national quality accolade

Vindolanda Trust - Wednesday, May 25, 2016
The Vindolanda Charitable Trust near Bardon Mill, Hexham, has been officially awarded Designated status by the Arts Council England for its rare, unique and extraordinary collection of Roman artefacts from the Vindolanda archaeological site. Roman Vindolanda, situated in the central sector of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site is regarded as one of the most eminent archaeological sites in Britain. The site which pre-dates the construction of Hadrian’s Wall, was home to at least 9 forts and 400 years of Roman occupation. The ongoing annual excavations of this site have produced one  Read more...

Vindolanda Volunteer opportunities 2016

Vindolanda Trust - Sunday, April 10, 2016
Volunteer Opportunities. Join the team and bring Roman Vindolanda to life Are you passionate about Vindolanda, Hadrian’s Wall and the Romans? Do you want to share your enthusiasm with others? Would you like to get hands on experience with objects from Roman Vindolanda, some almost 2000 years old? Join our volunteering team and become part of the Vindolanda experience. Vindolanda Heritage Volunteer Guides The Vindolanda Trust is looking for volunteers to join its heritage guiding team. This programme, now running for its seventh season has been very successful for the guides and  Read more...

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