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 they can get the most out of the experience and time with us. Volunteers can be accepted for a maximum of two periods in the season which do not need to be consecutive which would total 4 weeks.
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. The places will go live on this website at the beginning of November for the following years excavation. For more information visit the Book a Place page below.
The 2021 excavations are populated with the deferred 2020 excavators who could not participate due to covid19 restrictions in 2020. We are therefore not currently offering new places for participation in 2021.
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.
This years excavations are slightly different from usual, here we have all you need to know about what changes we have in place to keep our excavations covid secure.
More information about next years excavation, when you can book a place, how much it will cost and what the sessions are will appear on this page.
Each year the Vindolanda Trust offers three excavation places to young scholars who apply for a bursary. The bursary pays for their accommodation and excavation fees and membership to the friends of Vindolanda.