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 two periods in the season, or 4 weeks. The two periods do not need to be consecutive.
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 went live on this website on 2nd November 2021 at 12 noon for the 2022 excavation season and we are now fully booked. Our places for the 2023 excavation season will go live in November 2022.
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.
Staying with us at our on site Hedley Centre at Vindolanda? Find out more about our accommodation facility which is exclusively for our volunteers.