24 Jan - 23 Dec 2022
24 Jan - 23 Dec 2022
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The Hadrianic Frontier of the Western Lake District and Coast Drone Footage Tour

Year long, from 23 Dec 2022

Delivered by The Beacon Museum, Muncaster Castle, Senhouse Roman Museum, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

The Beacon Museum, Muncaster Castle, Senhouse Roman Museum and Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, are delighted to bring you an exciting new perspective on the West Coast of the Hadrianic Frontier. From the harbour at Ravenglass to the civitas of Carlisle, the film traces the legacies of Roman Britain surviving in the landscape to this day.

Discover little-known yet fascinating Roman sites in the west of Cumbria, through stunning new drone footage.

For more information, please visit the websites of any of the sites listed above.

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Frontier Voices: A Creative Exploration – Final Exhibition

The Sill, Once Brewed, Hexham NE47 7AN, United Kingdom

01 Dec 2022 - 31 Jan 2023 , 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • Guide dog friendly
  • Wheelchair accessibile
  • Visually impaired friendly

Delivered by Karen MacDougall Art

Over the last seven months, artist Karen MacDougall has been running an international arts and heritage project working with local community groups, schools, museum visitors, international partners and museum staff to create artworks exploring perceptions of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site and landscape. The project has been funded by Arts Council England and in-kind support from the partner sites.

From 1st December 2022 until 31st January 2023, the artworks will be on display at The Sill, the Northumberland National Park’s Landscape Discovery Centre near Haltwhistle. This is the end of the year and time to celebrate the Roman festival of Saturnalia and the end of the project.

Frontier Voices is a Wall-wide project that has involved all the main Roman attractions across Hadrian’s Wall and northern frontier including Senhouse Museum in Maryport, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle, the English Heritage sites of Birdoswald, Housesteads, Chesters and Corbridge Roman Town, The Roman Army Museum, Vindolanda, the Great North Museum, Segedunum and Arbeia. The project is part of the Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival, celebrating 1900 years since the official ‘birthday’ of Hadrian’s Wall in AD122.

The artworks include poetry, banners, embossed metal foil art, installations and felted vessels – all brought together expressing how participants feel and think about themselves as Frontier Voices and what the Wall means to them.

Dr Frances McIntosh, Hadrian’s Wall curator for English Heritage, said ”The poems and word art produced during the creative workshops at Birdoswald are inspiring, capturing the spirit of the Wall and of people’s perceptions and connections to it. It is great to feel that we at English Heritage help look after a place that attracts and inspires such strong emotions. We will be showcasing the artworks on our website.”
Transnational participation has been an especially innovative part of the project, the first time that an arts project has reached out to include other communities across the World Heritage of the Roman Frontiers. Two communities from the Roman frontier in the Netherlands and two from the Roman frontiers in Germany (from Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg) have participated in the project via online meetings and workshops. Creative works produced by them are also part of the exhibition at The Sill.

Sabine Lund, LimesGemeinden (Frontier Communities) coordinator in Bavaria said “The community of Altmannstein has been delighted to be part of this project. In our area the Roman frontier runs through forests and fields and you can only see it if you know what to look for. The participants in Frontier Voices are passionate about passing on the knowledge of the Roman heritage to their children and grandchildren. Their own “frontier voices” should be heard in the future.”

Karen MacDougall is an artist who lives in Cumbria between Penrith and Appleby. She creates and delivers bespoke arts and culture projects for museums, schools and community groups, which range from short half-day workshops to long projects on multiple sites lasting years. She has over 25 years experience working in educational settings as a creative practitioner and 20 years working in and with museums, delivering arts and culture projects.

Karen MacDougall commented “Frontier Voices is an amazing project! It has run since May in eleven locations in the UK and in four locations in Europe that are also on Roman Frontiers. We have been inspired by our past and see how this affects our present – visitors and residents along Hadrian’s Wall, European borders and climate change perhaps the most pressing as we create and debate art. Thank you to everyone who has taken part you have all been fantastic!

We have connected with just over 4000 people through half-day workshops, and many thousands more with our explorations on display and following my blog. The poetry is also published in our booklet and English Heritage is publishing it online on their Birdoswald website. The Face-pots from Arbeia even made it on stage at an RSC Associates production in Newcastle. The face-pots made by the Scouts working with Corbridge Roman Town will be auctioned off after the exhibition to help them finance an International trip to Iceland for today’s Frontier Voices next summer – our project a force for good!

For more information on exhibiting content karenmacdougall@mac.com for details of The Sill opening contact 01434 341200

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Festive Family Fun Day

13 High St W, Wallsend NE28 8JP

10 Dec 2022, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Delivered by North Tyneside Art Studio

North Tyneside Art Studio is pleased to welcome visitors to their Saturnalia art exhibition. Join them on Saturday 10th December, at NTASII in Wallsend Forum, from 11am-3pm to view the exhibition, take part in some festive Saturnalia themed arts and crafts and find out more about our well-being hub. The exhibition features work from our studio members, inspired by and developed from the artefacts on display at Segedunum Roman Fort.

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Tullie House Museum Visit and Arts & Crafts Afternoon

Tullie House, Castle St, Carlisle CA3 8TP

16 Dec 2022, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • Wheelchair accessibile

Delivered by Triple A – All About Autism

Triple A’s ‘Positive Pals’ members will visit Tullie House museum to take part in a tour around the Roman Gallery and will have the opportunity to handle some Roman objects. Afterwards the group will be hosting an arts and crafts afternoon to reflect on what they’ve seen in Tullie House’s exhibitions and create some Roman-inspired arts & crafts.

For more information or if you would like to join us please contact Georgie (Group Facilitator) on 07733818776

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Solway Saturnalia – Crafty Family Fun

Senhouse Roman Museum, The Battery, Sea Brows, Maryport, Cumbria, Ca15 6JD

27 Nov 2022 - 11 Dec 2022 , 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Guide dog friendly
  • Wheelchair accessibile

Delivered by Senhouse Roman Museum

Family-friendly craft activities at the museum inspired by Saturnalia and the heritage of winter rituals. Get creative and have fun in this celebration of the turning of the year and the return of the sun on the edge of the Empire. Join us at the museum and create a range of seasonal decorations and gifts inspired by Saturnalia. Suitable for all ages, the sessions will see families of all generations working together. The sessions are led by our experienced and supportive staff and volunteers, are free and include hot drinks and biscuits. You will have an opportunity to include creations that you are proud of in a temporary exhibition in the museum. Saturnalia inspired crafts include a crown for the ‘King for the Day’, Sigillaria, wreaths, money and money bags and more. We like to keep the groups small and friendly, so numbers are limited to first-come-first-served.

Contact the museum on 01900 816168 or email at senhousemuseum@aol.com to book.

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Roman Health Pop-Up Exhibition

Hardware House, Market Square, Haltwhistle, NE49 0BQ

02 Dec 2022 - 31 Dec 2022

  • Hearing impaired friendly
  • Guide dog friendly
  • Wheelchair accessibile
  • Visually impaired friendly

Delivered by Zigzag Days, Haltwhistle Partnership & Vindolanda Trust

Health and disability in Roman Times– how might I have fared? is an investigation into Roman medicine by people who know, from personal experience, about health treatments today. Zigzag members visited museums, talked to experts and undertook individual research. This pop-up exhibition is the result. Come and see why we concluded that those Romans were pretty canny…

Exhibition on 7 pop-up banners:

  • Focuses on five aspects: Mental health, Herbal remedies, Pandemic, Disability, Staying Healthy and reflects on how things compare today.
  • Members of Zigzag Days spent the last 3 months investigating the subject.
  • This exhibition is the culmination of their work and will travel to other places, hospitals, libraries, museums etc in 2023.
  • Health and Disability in Roman Times is a collaborative project between Zigzag Days and the Vindolanda Trust

At the launch event on 2nd Dec:
*Zigzag members will be on hand to talk about their experience of working on the project.
*The Vindolanda Trust will bring Roman artefacts from their collection.
*Staying healthy gifts, information and tips available.
*Young and Sweet Youth club, who have also been working with the Vindolanda Trust, will be exhibiting Roman inspired face pots and art work.

During December the banners and face pots will be on display in the windows of Hardware House, Haltwhistle.

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*Everyone who comes to Zigzag Days has at times struggled with the challenges of everyday life.
*Zigzag Days is a Haltwhistle Partnership Initiative

For further information sue@mosspeteral.com, 07945 259 416

Launch event: Friday 2nd Dec, 4 to 8pm
Exhibition in shop window: 3rd to 31st Dec, open 24hrs

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Lasses on the Wall


Year long, from 12 Nov 2022

  • Wheelchair accessibile

Delivered by The Young Women’s Film Academy

The Young Women’s Film Academy are creating a digital zine response to the theme ‘Lasses on the wall’. The young people attending the regular Saturday Club are researching and exploring some of the women that lived on the wall and interpreting this through digital photography, film and illustration to create a 2022 response. The themes that emerge will be set against the context of girls and young women today looking at similarities and difference, power structures and representation. The zine will be archived in the Baltic Gallery’s Zine Archive. The young people are aged 12-25 years and live in and around Tyne and Wear and Northumberland. They are supported in this project by our creative producers and digital artists we work with.

12 November 11am-1pm, Newcastle Arts Centre

26 November 11am-2.30pm, Newcastle Arts Centre

10 December 11am-3pm, Newcastle Arts Centre

17 December 11am-1pm, Cluny 2, Lime Street, Newcastle NE1 2PQ

To attend the Saturday Club email beth@youngwomensfilmacademy.co.uk

The YWFA is for young women or non binary young people that feel women’s spaces are right for them aged 12-25 years. The activities are free to attend and we can support travel if needed.

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Create your own Saturnalia Event

01 Nov 2022 - 30 Nov 2022

Throughout November and December 2022.

The word ‘Saturnalia’ has the meaning of ‘an occasion of wild revelry or indulgence’.

Throughout November and December we are inviting anyone and everyone to join the festivities and deliver their own Saturnalia celebrations, events and activities to make this a truly wall-wide knees up. 

We’re inviting YOU to get involved and host an event or activity for Saturnalia as part of Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival, and it could be anything from hosting a Saturnalia-themed Christmas Party in your local village hall to a banquet in your living room or local pub.

You could encourage your neighbours to decorate their windows or create lanterns for their doorsteps or nominate the most mischievous member of your community as Lord of Misrule to preside over your celebrations. 

Click here for Saturnalia Packs developed by artist, Hannah Fox, to help you with your celebrations including traditional recipes, Saturnalia Songs, and inspiration on themes, activities and making your own decorations.

Anyone can deliver activity – individuals, groups, businesses – and at any scale. 

It can be a public event with tickets, or just with a group of friends, a business venture or a solo activity. All activities will be listed on the Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival website to either advertise them or document them or both. 

If you’re interested in delivering a Saturnalia activity, no matter how big or small, please complete the form below to register your interest: 

Organisers are expected to be responsible for the management, safety, local marketing, and funding for their events, so please ensure you have considered this in putting yo

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Saturnalia at Roman Vindolanda

Roman Vindolanda Fort & Museum,, Chesterholm Museum, Bardon Mill,, Hexham,, NE47 7JN

01 Dec 2022 - 31 Dec 2022 , 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • Hearing impaired friendly
  • Guide dog friendly
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  • Visually impaired friendly

Display of a feast for the festival of Saturnalia in the Activity Centre at Roman Vindolanda.

Learn about the winter festival celebrated by the Romans and how our celebrations today have been shaped by these ancient gatherings.

One of the most famous, and perhaps the most popular, of the Feriae Statiuae was Saturnalia, the feast now most closely associated with Christmas. Saturnalia was celebrated from 17th to 23rd December in the Julian calendar, and it probably originated as a farmers’ festival to mark the end of the planting season, and grew more elaborate as Rome became more powerful and confident.

On the 23rd December the final day of Saturnalia it was tradition to give gifts, usually small, simple and cheap tokens, which most could afford, so as not to distinguish the rich from the poor. Gifts included combs, candles, purses, small lamps, wax figurines and cheap pottery. These gifts were called sigillaria, and in the days leading up to the festival, the shops would be filled with cheap trinkets sold especially for Satunalia.

In keeping with this tradition we will be giving away small gifts to any visitors we receive on the 23rd December 2022. If you visit that day you may choose a small token to take away with you from our sigillaria.

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Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Collaborative Print Exhibition

Florence Arts Centre, Florence Mine, Sherwens Terrace, Egremont, West Cumbria CA22 2NR

Delivered by Florence Arts Centre

A collaborative print for Hadrian’s Wall 1900 has bought together 60 printmakers from 3 studios across northern England for a truly unique exhibition. Each printmaker has responded to their own stretch of the wall, creating a fascinating exhibition interpreting the full 80 Roman miles of the wall. There are original artworks, cards and gifts for sale.

This project has been a great opportunity for artists to respond to a new challenge, to really get to know a section of Hadrian’s Wall and in doing so explore their own printmaking practice. It is fascinating to see how everyone has found something different to focus upon in their print – landscape, archaeology, nature – all the things that make a visit to Hadrian’s Wall such a special experience.

The exhibition includes almost every printmaking process you can think of including fine examples of linocuts, woodcuts, monoprints, screenprints, etchings and more with each artist giving an insight into how they approached their work.

The bringing together of 60 artists – professional, beginners or accomplished amateurs to make one large
artwork – epitomises what the three studios are about, bringing people together around a shared interest in printmaking – and what’s more we get to celebrate the wonderful landscape and heritage of the region.

Exhibition runs 12th November – 18th December (open Friday – Sunday)

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