Volunteering and the Wooden Digitisation Project

Volunteers have been the helping hand, support, and inspiration throughout the Wood Digitisation Project, which is funded by the Arts Council England. Being through lockdowns, restrictions, and all different manner of changes, they have never lost their enthusiasm. We want to take this opportunity to share some of their thoughts on the wood project and introduce you to the team. Read more

The Curator's Favourite Shoes

This list blog catalogues Barbara Birley's favourite shoes in the Vindolanda collection. Read more

The Romans, camping, and me

In this blog by our Digitisation Project Officer Anneke you can find out more about not only our wooden collection but how she is using her personal love for camping to help her understand the artefacts and the Romans. Read more

Magna's Venus

Not all the objects which are on display at the Roman Army Museum are from Vindolanda. Very limited excavations have been carried out at Magna over the years. Find out more about one of the artefacts from the site. Read more

Roman coins from Vindolanda

Dr Andrew Birley looks at some of his favourite Roman coins to be discovered at Vindolanda. Read more

Keeping up appearances on the Romano-British Frontier

Over 160 boxwood hair combs have been found at Vindolanda. Resembling modern nit combs, these small objects would have been used for cleaning and detangling hair, but you can also explore aspects of style and function. Read more

Quintus Sollonius Brooch

This dona militaria or military award for valour was found in 2006. Can we tell who owned it and more about his family? Read more

Horse head penannular brooch

This large zoomorphic brooch is one of the missing links in the late to post Roman story at Vindolanda. Found in 2008, it helps us to better understand this transitional period in the site's history. Read more


Was the end of Roman Britain the end of Vindolanda? Our journey into discovering more about sub-Roman Vindolanda started with the discovery of the probable war-band leader of the site from the 5th or 6th centuries, a man called ‘Brigomaglos’ which was discovered over 130 years ago. Read more

Wonderful Water Pipes

Archaeologist Marta Alberti takes a closer look at a key discovery of the 2019 excavations: an oak water pipe. Read more