Vindolanda Trust Heritage & Interpretation Project

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October 18th, 2009, 6:32 pm #1

The text below (copied from www.vindolanda.com) 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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October 21st, 2009, 10:25 am #2

Updates will appear here periodically as the development takes place, including photographs and the relevant propaganda! :-)

best,

Andrew
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November 10th, 2009, 11:39 am #3

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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January 5th, 2010, 9:59 am #4

Snow stops work for the day


(pic added by SacoHarry, Winshields Crag snapshot from Webcam, 5 Jan 2010, 1:22PM)
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February 4th, 2010, 11:17 am #5

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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February 4th, 2010, 11:18 am #6

more photo's from the other side
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February 4th, 2010, 11:21 am #7

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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February 4th, 2010, 11:32 am #8

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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February 4th, 2010, 11:37 am #9

More updates will follow shortly including an update on the progress at the Roman Army Museum
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February 19th, 2010, 8:37 am #10

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.

best,

Andy
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