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Vindolanda Trust Heritage & Interpretation Project; Winner of 2009 HLF grant
Topic Started: Oct 18 2009, 01:32 PM (1,762 Views)
Andy
Dr Andrew Robin Birley
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Updates will appear here periodically as the development takes place, including photographs and the relevant propaganda! :-)

best,

Andrew
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Andy
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Hi All,

Just to let you know that the Vindolanda Museum will be closing own this winter for the major work to be started on the footpath from the Museum to the site which will block access from one to the other. The Museum will close on Monday the 16th of November 2009 in preparation for the work. It will re-open in February 2010.

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Andy
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Andy
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Snow stops work for the day

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(pic added by SacoHarry, Winshields Crag snapshot from Webcam, 5 Jan 2010, 1:22PM)
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Andy
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Work now progressing well despite the new batch of snow and ice. Here are some pictures of the old Vindolanda Coach House, soon to be the New Vindolanda Archaeological study centre.
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Andy
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more photo's from the other side
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Andy
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the new road to the new study centre car park which is behind the building, built into the hillside. The Archaeological study centre should be open for use and bookings for the 2011 excavation season. up to 10 excavators will be able to stay there and use the fantastic facilities (including the car park :-).
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Andy
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The new Vindolanda footpaths. We have extended the foot path scheme to include the entire network of paths on the site, not just the link from site to museum down the steep bank. This will make a HUGE difference to people navigating the site and will cut journey time down by up to 5 minutes from the site to the museum and have a positive impact on both maintenance of the site and wear and tear on the monument. By the time the excavation season kicks off on the 4th of April we hope to have at least one of the major routes from the west gate admission building to the Museum door completed if not both. The attached image shows the path foundation on the most difficult section, the bank from the museum to the site. This foundation will have 2 more layers placed over it to provide an excellent finish which will take buggies, wheelchairs and walking visitors across the site with comfort and ease. The new paths are being placed OVER the existing network of paths outside the fort and therefore have no impact into the archaeological environment. They are not being dug into the ground. A permeable membrane set into the paths will help drain surface water from the surface so that the majority of visitors in 2010 will no longer have to navigate the occasional lake, mountain stream or morass of mud which were the consequences of heavy rain or snowfall in previous years.

The end product will make Vindolanda a great deal more accessible to visitors and the new paths will be uniform in construction and therefore will have less of a visual impact on the site than the old network.

Of course, as you can now get to the museum from the excavation shed a lot quicker, I may have to consider cutting down the length of the lunch break!
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Andy
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More updates will follow shortly including an update on the progress at the Roman Army Museum
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Andy
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TH Brand new surface, and I stress 'surface' on the Roman Army Museum car park. I know, it may be hard to get excited by this unless you are a Vindolanda Trust nerd, but this is a big leap for the place and indicative of how we want to up the quality throughout everything we do project wise. We can also get an extra 10-12 cars in thanks to the lining which will go on next week. Hopefully these extra places will be needed once all of the improvements are in next year.

Of course, it also means that visitors to the Roman Army Museum do not have their shoes covered in mud before they get to the door or have fallen into any large muddy puddles on the way.

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Andy
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In the same theme as the car park, here is the new path to the museum door, all DDA complient.

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