24 Jan - 23 Dec 2022

About

Hadrian’s Wall 1900 will celebrate the 1900th anniversary of the beginning of the construction of Hadrian’s Wall. It will commemorate 1900 years of history of the UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS), recognised locally, nationally, and internationally, as a cultural and historical asset of Outstanding Universal Value to humanity.

Throughout 2022, a programme of events and activity which celebrates 1900 years will be presented by local societies, interest groups, community and arts organisations, creatives, local authorities, visitor attractions, venues and individuals. This will be across the length of the Hadrian’s Wall Frontiers of the Roman Empire UNESCO World Heritage Site, from Wallsend to Ravenglass (73 miles/118km of Wall, and 140 miles/215km in total).

From community events to high profile arts commissions, Hadrian’s Wall 1900 will provide opportunities for everyone to celebrate and find their connection to the World Heritage Site whether it be Roman history, dark skies, the natural environment, cultural diversity, food, music, the arts and more. Over 1m people live and work in the regions of Hadrian’s Wall WHS, the majority within the North of Tyne Combined Authority Area.

Hadrian’s Wall 1900 is a huge opportunity to unleash the recognised economic potential of Hadrian’s Wall’s cultural and heritage capital, and to spring back stronger after Covid-19.

The Festival will be made up of activity presented by local societies, interest groups community organisations, arts organisations, local creatives, local authorities, visitor attractions, venues, and individuals.

Hadrian’s Wall 1900 is coordinated by the Hadrian’s Wall Partnership in collaboration with local organisations, communities and individuals.

The Hadrian’s Wall Partnership is a voluntary body made up of organisations responsible for the UNESCO World Heritage Site status of Hadrian’s Wall.

Find out more about the partnership here.

Hadrian’s Wall Country is the brand used by the Hadrian’s Wall Partnership to promote the World Heritage Site to visitors. The brand was introduced in 2002 by the Hadrian’s Wall Tourism Partnership and conveys and reinforces values that encourage visitors, linking the World Heritage Site to the rural and urban landscape through which it runs.

The 150-mile Hadrian’s Wall frontier area runs from the western Roman coastal defences at Ravenglass, through Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport to Bowness-on-Solway, along Hadrian’s Wall through Carlisle and Hexham to Newcastle, Wallsend and South Shields. Along the wall there were around 80 milecastles and 160 turrets, a ditch to the north and the great defensive vallum earthwork to the south. 2022 is the 35th anniversary of the inscription of Hadrian’s Wall on the UNESCO World Heritage List, one of the first World Heritage Sites to be created in the UK. Today the Hadrian’s Wall frontier is part of the transnational World Heritage Site – Frontiers of the Roman Empire – which includes the Antonine Wall in Scotland and the roman defences across Europe from the Dutch coast to the mouth of the Danube . This represents the borderline of the Roman Empire at its furthest extent in the 2nd century AD. It stretched from the west coast of northern Britain through Europe to the Black Sea and from there to the Red Sea and across North Africa to the Atlantic coast