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From Aug 2006 - Nov 2013 WeDig provided a live forum for diggers & fans of Vindolanda. It has now been mothballed and will be maintained as a live archive.

Here you will find preserved 7 years of conversation, photos, & knowledge about a site many people love. Vindolanda gets under the skin. (Figuratively and literally as a volunteer excavator!) It's a place you remember, filled with people you remember!

Thanks for 7 great years!

Cottage rentals in July
If one of you doesn't object to a sofa-bet in the sitting room you should be able to get one of the cottages at Common House Farm for under 400 per week in July. See http://www.commonhousefarm.com .

The three smaller cottages have a double room with a large sitting room with sofa-bed.
The two larger ones would give you a second bedroom but might be over-budget.
They all have well-equipped kitchens which include a washing machine, and the bathrooms have showers and BATHS with seemingly limitless hot water. And the view from the patio is out of this world.

We've stayed there many times and would highly recommend it. I think the walk to Vindolanda would be about twice as long as that from Twice Brewed. It is a lovely walk over the fields but it will take up energy that you might need for pushing wheelbarrows. We've always used the car. You may find fellow diggers in the neighbouring cottages who would help with transport.

Best Wishes

Helen


Crosby Garret Helmet
We'd already got a trip to London booked but, because we had train tickets booked for 12.15 on the day the exhibition opened, I didn't think I'd manage to get to see this this time. However, with an early start and a lot of dashing about we managed it, so I can give a bit of insider information.

1 - There is nowhere to store suitcases at the Royal Academy so if, like us, you are on your way home, you will need to take your bags to the left luggage office at the railway station for storage, or leave them at your hotel.

2 - the Crosby Garrett Helmet is in the very last room of the exhibition. The rest of the exhibition is brilliant and not too big, so take your time and enjoy it all.

3 - the ticket price is supposed to include a printed guide, but we missed picking ours up somehow. You may have better luck.

4 - An audio guide is available for an additional 3.50. It is very good but the Crosby Garrett Helmet is NOT one of the items described. In fact there is very little information about the helmet, unless it is in the elusive catalogue. However the helmet is there, well displayed, beautiful and enigmatic.

5 -The people who did the restoration and conservation at Tullie House Museum deserve much more credit. You would not believe that the helmet was found in many pieces.

I am very glad that we managed to see the exhibition and would highly recommend it.

Helen

Crosby Garret Helmet
There will not be many chances to see this:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-19536363
I'm hoping to get there before the exhibition ends. I'm afraid tickets are a bit pricy though.
Helen