18th March 2022

In January The Vindolanda Trust launched the 1900 Bunting Challenge. The ambitious aim is to get 1900 flags of bunting which will then be strung together to form an exhibition at Roman Vindolanda in October 2022. The 1900 target is to celebrate 1900 years since the construction of Hadrian's Wall, as part of the Hadrian's Wall 1900 Festival programme. The original concept was the idea of Lynne Barber of Knot Unique, who designed the crochet patterns. The crochet patterns were then complimented with a knitting pattern designed by Clare Macaulay. 

The public response to the challenge has been amazing. From Corbridge to Canada, bunting flags have been arriving from all over the world with nearly 400 submissions towards the 1900 target so far. Flags have been knitted, crocheted and stitched and are an array of colours.

Penny Trichler, Events Coordinator at the Vindolanda Trust commented "We remain confident we can reach our 1900 target. The submissions so far are wonderful and we appreciate all the time and effort that has been put into each flag. This is an opportunity for everyone who has been inspired by Hadrian's Wall, no matter where they are in the world, to become part of the celebration of this iconic landmark and its impact over the 1900 years it has been standing".

As the year progresses, a series of drop in workshops are being held at Roman Vindolanda with Lynne Barber. The first of these is on 15th April, and this will give the public an opportunity to see some of the submissions so far, learn about the challenge and also have a go! In addition to the workshops there will also be a series of "bunting and banter" days when visitors can come together to crochet, knit and chat in the activity centre at Vindolanda.

The deadline for bunting flag submission is 23rd September. The flags will then be strung together to form the hundreds of meters of bunting which will decorate the replica section of Hadrian's Wall at Roman Vindolanda for an exhibition between 22nd-30th October 2022.

Penny Trichler comments "Bringing all these colourful flags together for the main exhibition is going to be a wonderful sight, but that is not going to be the end of their journey. After the exhibition the flags will all be washed and dried and then we hope to work with local community crafting groups to create Roman shield blankets which will then be given to charities. This is a wonderful legacy of the challenge and means that the time and effort individuals have put into to creating the flags will have been very much worth it". 

Thank you to everyone who has sent in their flags already.