Archaeology and history for everyone

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The 2021 Vindolanda Excavations

The Vindolanda excavations begin again on 29th March. The team are excited to get back in the trenches and welcome back local volunteers to the site with more joining as the season progresses. Marta Alberti gives us a snapshot of where the excavations are and what they hope to achieve this year.

Survival Appeal

After an unprecedented 2020 it looks like 2021 is going to be tough too. Please consider supporting us and contributing to our future. Thank you for your incredible support.


Author: Penny Trichler

Location: Chesterholm Museum,Bardon Mill, Hexham

Target amount: £200,000.00

Amount raised: £131,299.49

Fundraise Comments: 13

How did the Romans celebrate Spring?

You might think that this would be a simple question.  But for historians there are lots of things to consider when trying to answer this question as life was very different for people living in Roman Britain than it is for us today. Read this blog to find out more.


Author: Barbara Birley

Home Learning

Activity sheets for home learning fun. From Roman cooking ideas to spot the difference and much more, there is something for everyone.


Author: Penny Trichler

Our impact


We estimate that only 24% of Vindolanda has been excavated, meaning we have another 150 years of excavating to go!


Since the Vindolanda Trust opened its doors to visitors in 1970 over 5 million people have visited our two sites.


The Vindolanda Trust employs 47 local staff, one of the largest tourism employers in Tynedale.

Our Vision

Overview of the Vindolanda Trusts aims and objectives


Author: Colin Galloway

Location: The Vindolanda Trust, Chesterholm Museum,Westwood, Hexham


  • Rosalia Festival of the Roses

    17th May - 7th June
    Rosalia is an ancient Roman festival which we commemorate at the Roman Army Museum by decorating the museum with roses. Read more

  • Emperor for a Day

    1 June - 26th September
    Dress your favourite bear or plush as an emperor for the day and bring them out to meet our Emperor Ted bears at the museums. Read more


  • Altars back in the landscape

    Replica altars to the Roman God Jupiter Dolichenus placed back in religious shrine at Vindolanda enabling visitors to see them in their original setting for the first time in 1,800 years. Read more

  • Rare Bronze Hand Discovered

    A small, child sized, and eerily life-like bronze hand has been discovered during the excavation of a Severan fort ditch at Roman Vindolanda. Read more