Volunteer Programme

Volunteer to take part in excavations at Vindolanda.

The Excavation Programme

The Vindolanda Trust has been accepting volunteers on to its excavations since its foundation in 1970 and over 6400 people have benefited from this challenging experience. The Vindolanda Trust recognises the substantial contribution of its volunteer excavators to our understanding of the site, and therefore Roman Britain as a whole. At Vindolanda we are committed to the view that volunteer excavators should continue to have the opportunity to share in the experience of working on one of the most exciting archaeologically sites in Western Europe, and part of the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site.

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How To Get Involved

Participation is a minimum of one period of two consecutive weeks. Volunteers can be accepted for a maximum of two periods (4 weeks) in the season.

The excavation places go on a first come, first served basis, so it is recommended that you apply as soon as it is convenient once the programme details are announced.         

The application process for 2017 will open on Tuesday the 1st of November 2016 on this website at 12noon GMT.

Post Excavation volunteers required

Information for the 2017 season ...

It is not only volunteers we ask to join us on the excavations, post-excavation is also a vital part of the process.                     

We are offering FREE post excavation places on site, metres away from the excavations. Four places per period will be available.

This will include washing, sorting, and categorising the bulks finds that are found in vast amounts every day at Vindolanda. This includes pottery, iron, bone, glass and building materials.

It provides volunteers with excellent experience of handling and learning about the different types of pottery which can aid you when you are excavating here or at other sites, give you a good stepping stone towards studying or even a career in Roman finds or archaeology, or just some time to enjoy as a hobby or interest.

Excavate - Volunteer Post Excavation bookings


For more information download the following form - 2017 Post Excavation Information

Excavation Bookings

Costs and Entry

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