Volunteering on the excavations Vindolanda
The Vindolanda Trust has been accepting volunteers on to its excavations since its foundation in 1970. From then to now, over 8000 people have benefitted from this challenging experience. The Vindolanda Trust recognises the substantial contribution of its volunteers to our understanding of the site, and therefore Roman Britain as a whole. We are committed to the view that volunteers should continue to have the opportunity to share in the experience of working on one of the most exciting archaeological sites in Western Europe, and part of the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site.
How To Get Involved
Participation requires a commitment of two consecutive weeks so you can get the most out of the experience and time with us. Volunteers can be accepted for a maximum of one period in the excavation season.
*Please note: from 2024 if you have signed up to excavate at Roman Magna you cannot also book at place on the Vindolanda excavations in the same season. This is to allow as many people as possible the opportunity to take part.
The excavation places go on a first come, first served basis: it is recommended that you apply as soon as you can after the places go online.
We are fully booked for the 2023 Vindolanda Excavation season.
The launch date for the 2024 Vindolanda Excavation season will be Wednesday 1st November 2023 at 12 noon. Sign up to our newsletter to receive the updates about the launch and further updates will follow soon.
Find out about what's involved, how to participate and when you can see the digging taking place. Booking for 2024 Vindolanda excavation will take place on 1st November 2023. We are fully booked for the Vindolanda & Magna 2023 Excavations.
Got questions about how to book your excavation place at Roman Vindolanda? You can find the answers here. We are Fully booked for 2024 Vindolanda Excavation season.
If you are interested in excavating you need to know what is involved with the process so you can make the decision if excavating and archaeology at Vindolanda is the right thing for you.
Vindolanda is a Scheduled Monument: a historic site whose importance is recognised and protected by the state. We have a permit to excavate and research, which is called Scheduled Monument Consent. Learn about what our research aims are for the current excavations.
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Learn about what our research aims are for the 2024-2028 excavation seasons. What is an SMC and why do we need one? A closer look at why we are excited about our next phase of excavation at Vindolanda Roman Fort.