Down the rabbit hole... how one wooden object has inspired my research.

This online lectures is free, though if you are able to make a donation it is very much appreciated.

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It goes without saying that Vindolanda’s wooden collection is one-of-a-kind. Conservation, research and collection care are an ongoing process. These precious but everyday objects have the ability to challenge, inspire and create connections far beyond what the Romans originally used them for.

Join our Curator, Barbara Birley, as she talks about her connections to the wooden objects, the journey from the excavation through to their conservation and the cataloguing process. She will also tell you about her unexpected fascination with a beautiful but functional class of wooden artefacts, the hair combs. It is the story of how one unexpected moment has led her on a research journey into Vindolanda’s wooden underworld.  

This lecture is part of the online exhibition: Digging up memories - making connections

If you would like to take a look at our online digital exhibition before your visit you can see it here. It takes a look at what thoughts and memories are brought up by the artefacts we find. The project asked members of The Vindolanda Trust team to pick their favourite wooden object in the museum and tell us about the memories it brought back.

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