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£4 Million to Uncover Two Millennia of Roman History
Original article can be found at: http://www.hlf.org.uk/english/mediacentre/archive/%C2%A39+million+boost.htm

OCTOBER 6, 2008
£4million to uncover two millennia of Roman history

The Vindolanda and Roman Army Museums contain some of the most important collections of ‘real life’ from the Roman world. They are situated on the extensive remains of two Roman forts and civilian settlements, on Hadrian’s Wall, England’s largest World Heritage Site.

HLF’s £4million grant to the Trust will transform the site. The two forts will be better linked and new galleries and an education centre will inspire the next generation of young archaeologists. A significant element of Vindolanda’s collection currently hidden in storage will be able to be shown for the first time.

Dan Snow, historian and broadcaster, said:

"The Vindolanda Trust's passion for archaeology is truly infectious. I was up there this summer and saw the excitement with which staff and a huge number of volunteers carried out the excavations and interpretation for visitors. I can personally endorse the really important work they do. News of the Heritage Lottery Fund's huge support for this project is just brilliant.

“Vindolanda is one of the most important Roman sites in the world. Discoveries being made there are scrutinised as avidly in Syria and Libya as they are in Northern England. Yet the first thing the visitor notices there are the vast unexcavated spaces in and around the fort. What further treasures will the ground yield? We can be absolutely certain that the story of Vindolanda is not nearly complete."

Patricia Birley, Director of the Vindolanda Trust, added:

“The Heritage Lottery Fund grant is an immense boost for the work of The Vindolanda Charitable Trust and it will also enhance the central sector of the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site. This exciting project will vastly improve the resources and opportunities that our Vindolanda & Roman Army Museum sites are able to offer to our visitors, education groups and archaeological volunteers and will facilitate a return to Vindolanda of some of our famous writing tablets by way of a loan from the British Museum.

“The Vindolanda Trust is extremely grateful to HLF for their support for this project which is so important for the preservation, access and sustainable future of this exceptional northern frontier Roman site.”

Some of the most interesting artefacts to emerge from the sites are the Vindolanda Tablets – ancient ‘postcards’ written by Roman soldiers to family and friends back home. The collection also contains a famous birthday party invitation written by a commander’s wife and another reveals that Roman soldiers wore underpants to keep warm in the Northern winter. These are currently held at the British Museum but the project will enable selected tablets to be returned and displayed where they were written.

This award comes as people’s interest in the history of Hadrian’s Wall has been stimulated following the success of the British Museum’s blockbuster Hadrian: Empire and Conflict exhibition.

The application has been supported by Hadrian’s Wall Heritage Ltd, a not-for-profit company which co-ordinates protection, development and promotion of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site. The Vindolanda Trust was created to support the Birley family’s passion for the North East's archaeological heritage; this is a legacy they have passed down from generation to generation.

Starry-eyed youth
"Support is invited for one of the largest excavations ever planned in Britain -- one that will uncover the entire settlement outside the gates of the Roman Fort of Vindolanda and... the complete Fourth Century fort as well.... The Trust needs £3000 a year for perhaps ten years if the work is to be completed reasonably quickly."

-- Invitation to join the new Vindolanda Trust, part of the pamphlet "The Nature of the Evidence," copyright 1971.

Little did they know!

Area A Team Photos
This will hold the "official" weekly team pictures from Andy's area. Special recognition for the dirtiest, most dissheveled, and happiest crews!

Area B Team Photos
This will hold the "official" weekly team pictures from Justin's area. Special recognition for the dirtiest, most dissheveled, and happiest crews!