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The text below (copied from [url=www.vindolanda.com]www.vindolanda.com[/URL]) describes the scope & goals of the HLF-awarded Vindolanda Trust project. This forum will give occasional updates highlighting progress & plans for the project as it moves forward. Congrats to all who made this a success!


Vindolanda Trust Heritage Access and Interpretation Project

Project Outline Brief
The Vindolanda Trust owns two Roman sites in the central sector of the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site and has of one of the most important site-specific museum collections from the Roman World. The results of research have illustrated the need to remove barriers and provide improved physical and intellectual access to this resource in three key areas.

1) Archaeo-Education Centre
The Vindolanda Trust is unable to further develop its lifelong learning programmes and fully increase the educational access to its resources without the provision of a designated learning space. An education and learning development has been identified that will create inclusive and high quality provision.

It will:
* Extend and develop an existing building at Vindolanda to provide a designated learning base for lifelong learning opportunities, including a flexible learning space that can be used as a conference/lecture room, space to run archaeological workshops and work with school groups. In addition to this a small accommodation development will be included on the upper floor incorporating study bedrooms, a communal area and kitchen facility.
* Provide a small on-site low cost accommodation provision to allow low income volunteers to access Vindolanda opportunities.
* Allow volunteers who wish to support the work of the Trust but are physically unable to participate in fieldwork, to become involved through post-excavation opportunities.
* Create a new education post to enhance current provision and link the sites to encourage the widest possible use of the facilities.
* Use this new space for a new and comprehensive range of education and volunteer activities to increase access to the sites and collection.

2) Vindolanda Museum and Access Improvements
Keys areas have been identified throughout the Vindolanda site and museum for improvement to physical and intellectual access. Improving interpretation of the collection and sites for the widest possible range of users. To provide:

* A new visitor gallery for the display of heavy artefacts that are currently in storage (sculptured stone & wooden building timbers) on a ground floor area in the museum.
* Incorporate a new pottery display to release existing museum space to accommodate a new and improved writing tablet display.
* Integrate viewing areas to offer a view of 'behind the scenes' post excavation/conservation activity.
* Improve site interpretation by way of extended graphics and introduce audio provision.
* Improve the steep fort to museum path and establish an integrated physical access system.
* Improve site interpretation to enable all users to more fully understand and appreciate the heritage resource.
* Create new gallery space on the ground floor of the museum to display heavy artefacts from the collection, further increasing access to the collection to the widest possible audience.
* Link the archaeological resources at Vindolanda and The Roman Army Museum.

3) Roman Army Museum Gallery and Access Improvements
Areas have been identified throughout the Roman Army Museum for improvement to physical and intellectual access. Improving interpretation of the collection and sites for the widest possible range of users. To incorporate:

* The re-design of a large gallery at The Roman Army Museum to provide further gallery space for artefacts from the Vindolanda reserve collection.
* Ensure that the existing audio-visual programme is compatible with the new gallery space.
* Improve the uneven car park and visitor path and establish an integrated physical access system.
* Improve interpretation of the collection for the widest possible range of users.
* Extend displays of the Vindolanda reserve collections and expand information about the wider Roman context that links both sites.
* Combine this new exhibition with an extension of an existing, successful audio-visual programme to provide orientation and compatibility.
* Linking the archaeological resources at Vindolanda and The Roman Army Museum.
* Improve the interpretation to enable all users to more fully understand and appreciate the heritage resource.

This project will build on The Trust's 37 years of experience and good practice to promote increased access to the results of its work. The Trustees believe that this project for its Roman resource offers a unique opportunity for high quality and sustainable developments within the World Heritage Site.

Grant applications are now in progress for this exciting range of new developments.
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