Date Published: 11/05/2020

Despite living only 10 minutes away from The Roman Army Museum for most of my life I didn’t know of its existence. A vague 40 year old memory of a school trip to Vindolanda was  my only experience. It was misty, I had cheese and pickle sandwiches….erm, that’s it really.  Like many local people, at that time I did not really appreciate the significance of what was on my doorstep. It wasn’t until 2015, when I was fortunate enough to be offered a job at The Roman Army Museum, that those memories returned. How things have changed.

 Here are just 5 of my favourite things about ‘RAM’ as it is affectionately known.

 Many people are surprised by its beautiful location, tucked away in secluded woodland, yet surrounded by panoramic views of Northumberland and Cumbria from nearby Hadrian’s Wall. The views from the majestic Walltown Crags are stunning.

 

The Roman Army Museum brings to life the experience of Roman army soldiers stationed at Vindolanda. The interactive, audio and visual displays and Roman artefacts, ensure that everyone, from 2 to 102 is given a fascinating insight into Vindolanda, the perfect introduction to a visit there.

 

The Edge Of Empire 3D film is one of the most memorable parts of your visit. Even if you have very little time to spend with us, this film will transport you back to Roman times, give an eagles-eye view (quite literally) of Hadrian’s Wall. It tells an heroic soldier’s story, gives factual, present day commentary on the surrounding landscape and captures the essence of the work of The Vindolanda Trust, all in less than 20 minutes! 

 

First impressions. The reactions of young and old as they enter the museum and encounter the life size Roman soldier on horseback in full gallop always make me smile and give our visitors an intriguing insight into the rest of the museum. Brilliant!

 

No two days are ever the same, especially in the summer when excavations at Vindolanda can suddenly uncover amazing new artefacts to add to the collection and ongoing story. Of course, that is what is so unique about both The Roman Army Museum and Vindolanda. Every year The Vindolanda Charitable Trust ensures these excavations continue. Every year thousands of welcome visitors share in this story.