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Topic Started: Apr 23 2011, 12:32 PM (256 Views)
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23 April

Week 3 diggers had gloriously warm weather and worked steadily with the aid of packets of chocolate digestives and chocolate chip cookies. The official opening took place with diggers invited to taste Roman style food after their day's work. Food very tasty.

Both revamped museums are very impressive. You can see where the money went on them and there has obviously been a tremendous amount of hard work gone into getting it all put together. The Vindolanda museum is very light and airy with a section showing the famous writing tablets and an audio visual display of Robin Birley giving information about them. In both Carvoran and Vindolanda the exhibits are now displayed in much bigger cases that show them off really well. There seemed to be highlights around every corner. We were shown round on Day 1 as part of the induction but there's so much to take in that I'll need to go back for another more detailed look later.

The Carvoran museum has interesting audio visual displays detailing how a legion was made up, a soldier telling recruits what to expect when they join up and also dramatisation of soldiers going about their duties. There are large exhibits showing information about forts etc on the line of Hadrian's Wall. Then there's the 3D film which is very effective. We went as a group as part of the week's timetable on Day 4 and once again I'll have to go back as there was so much to take in - possibly 2 hours worth.

Photos to follow though not of the musems as no photos allowed.
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