Updated 12 August 2020.

On 20th March 2020 the Vindolanda Trust had to close its doors to both Roman Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum in response to the fight against COVID-19. ALL the Trust's operating income comes from admissions to our sites, spending in our shops and cafes and from donations and this left a huge hole in our funds and a threatened our future. During this crisis the Vindolanda Trust has carefully managed its resources, but despite this they have steadily diminished and the Charity has lost more than half a million pounds of income.  

As of the 12th of August, we have raised £52,309 towards our £100,000 target and we are extremely grateful for the generosity of those who have supported us. 

The Vindolanda Trust Roman Birthday Party challenge. 

The Vindolanda tablets inform us that around 100 AD, a Roman noblewoman called Claudia Severa sent a now famous birthday party invitation to the commanding officer’s wife, Sulpicia Lepidina:

 “On 11 September, sister, for the day of the celebration of my birthday.  I give you a warm invitation to make sure that you come to us, to make the day more enjoyable for me by your arrival.”

Nineteen hundred years later, the Vindolanda Trust has received an equally welcome and generous invitation. Vindolanda supporter and Hadrian’s Wall pilgrim Richard Beleson offered to donate up to £50,000 by a two-for-one match for every donation we receive from now until September 11th.  We are thrilled to announce you have help us to achieve this by raising £25,000, which with Richard’s donation brings the total to £75,000, enabling us to reach our Survival Appeal goal of £100,000.

New Challenge:

We are delighted to have reached our goal a full month before Claudia Severa’s birthday on September 11th. We wish to extend our deepest appreciation to everyone who contributed to meet the Birthday Party Challenge.

This takes us to our original goal of 100,000 but does not cover our loss of income over this period. Richard has therefore made the decision to extend the matching gift challenge with a new twist! For every new donation made to the Survival Appeal between now and September 11th, Richard will match the donation on a £1 for £1 basis up to £25,000, with his donation going directly to the Revealing Magna Appeal. Magna is the sister site to Vindolanda, managed by the Vindolanda Trust and under direct threat from climate change. Richard is calling it the Magnify the Magnitude of my Munificence to Magna Challenge.


Magna Roman Fort

We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone who has contributed to our Survival Appeal and once again, we wish to express our thanks to our supporters all around the world.

Virtual gifts will be available for purchase throughout the whole of our birthday year and every donation made in this new challenge period will be matched for the Magna Appeal. Here are the stats of what has been virtually gifted so far (12th August 2020):

Help us celebrate by donating a virtual gift of your own. Choose which gift you would like to give, and we'll receive a donation for that amount. Big or small all your donations make a difference and will help us to reach our target. If you would like to leave a message to tell us and others why you are donating, we love to read them.

Each £1 you raise towards the Vindolanda survival appeal (up to a limit of £25,000) will be matched by a further £1 from Richard towards the preservation and research of the Hadrian’s Wall fort at Magna. By supporting the appeal, you directly support two of the most precious sites on Hadrian’s Wall. 

Donate to the Survival Appeal