24 Jan - 23 Dec 2022
24 Jan - 23 Dec 2022
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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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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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Hadrian’s Wall and the End of Empire


10 Nov 2022

  • Guide dog friendly
  • Wheelchair accessibile
  • Visually impaired friendly

Delivered by Northumberland Libraries

As part of the their Photographing the Roman Wall: Then and Now project, Northumberland Libraries plan to offer a programme of events celebrating the life and work of the Hexham photographer and archaeologist, John Pattison Gibson.

In recognition of Gibson’s passion and enthusiasm for the Roman Wall and his own archaeological investigations, they are hosting a series of talks on Hadrian’s Wall and the Roman people.

In this online talk Rob Collins will tell us about the fate of Hadrian’s Wall after the Roman period in Britain ended.

Rob Collins is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at Newcastle University. His teaching and research focuses on Hadrian’s Wall and other Roman frontiers and artefacts and material culture. Most recently, he has been the project manager for the Lottery-funded Hadrian’s Wall Community Archaeology Project (WallCAP).

This project has been made possible thanks to a National Lottery Project Grant from Arts Council England.

For more information contact mylibrary@northumberland.gov.uk

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Volunteering on Hadrian’s Wall: Have Your Say!


02 Oct 2022, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Hearing impaired friendly
  • Guide dog friendly
  • Wheelchair accessibile

Do you volunteer as a guide or excavator on Hadrian’s Wall? Have you taken part in the activities organised by WallCAP? Do you volunteer at the GNM, or at one of the English Heritage Sites along the Wall? If you currently volunteer along Hadrian’s Wall, or have done so in the past, we want to hear from you! This interactive online workshop is lead by Marta Alberti, Deputy Director of Excavations for the Vindolanda Trust and PhD candidate with Newcastle University. Through fun and engaging online activities, you will have a chance to explore why you, and many like you, volunteer on Hadrian’s Wall. We will talk about Participatory Action Research, and how volunteers can be agents of change in the landscape of Hadrian’s Wall. The event will take place on Zoom, will be recorded and forms part of a PhD project data collection. There will be opportunities for you not only to share your thoughts and have fun, but to work together and to produce and co-author a poster on Volunteering on the Wall, which will be displayed -with your names!- at a suitable academic conference. Let’s have your voice heard!

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Hadrian’s Wall for All School Resources


Delivered by Classics for All

Classics for All has created a new set of teaching resources about Hadrian’s Wall for primary schools to accompany our Hadrian’s Wall for All Virtual Walk. Primary schools are invited to take part in the virtual walk (no fundraising element is required) and/or to use the resources to support their teaching of Roman Britain at Key Stage 2.

For more information about the teaching resources or additional support that Classics for All can offer to schools, please email hannah@classicsforall.org.uk

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Voices from the Wall – Calling All Dacians!

Online and at various locations in Cumbria, Lancashire and London

21 May 2022 - 31 Dec 2022

  • Guide dog friendly
  • Wheelchair accessibile

Delivered by Bronwen Riley and Ioana Morpurgo

There are now c. one million Romanians living in the UK. Contributing to British society at all levels, most Romanians have arrived in the UK in the past two decades. Yet the earliest group of ‘Romanians’ to live and work in Britain arrived over 1900 years ago, as part of the Roman army. Soldiers from Dacia (now Romania) helped to build Hadrian’s Wall, and were stationed on and around it for centuries.

Help us tell the story
British writer Bronwen Riley, and Romanian writer Ioana Morpurgo, will work with Romanian people living in the north of England to tell the story of contemporary Romanians living in the North of England, in parallel with the history of the Dacians in Britain, culminating in a community exhibition and event at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle in October. The project launched on 21 May and runs through to the end of the year. Our next event takes place in July, with a tour of Tullie House Museum, Carlisle where we will have the chance to handle Roman artefacts, and visit Birdoswald Fort on Hadrian’s Wall. The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Institute of Classical Studies and supported by Tullie House Museum, Carlisle and the Romanian Cultural Institute, London.

How to take part
No experience of writing or film-making is necessary – just curiosity and enthusiasm! Together we will tell the story of parallel lives and journeys, in the past and present, through film, textiles, ceramics, food, photography and a video game, which will all feature in the exhibition and online event to be shown later in the year at Tullie House, and then in Manchester and London. Workshops will be held in Romanian and English and will be available online. Contributions are welcome in Romanian and/or English – all work will be translated into both languages. Participation is free and is open to anyone from a Romanian background living in the North of England who is over 18 years old. If you would like to take part, please write to us (in Romanian or English) at daciansonthewall@gmail.com.

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Brynns Unbelievable Hadrian’s Wall Challenge

26 May 2022 - 05 Jun 2022

Delivered by Brynn for Ability Shetland

“My name is Brynn and I am 16yrs old, people may already know me through my social media pages ‘Breaking down barriers with Brynn.’ I live in Shetland with my mom and sister. I have a diagnosis of autism, ADHD, severe asthma and I also have fixed ankle contractures which means I rely on a wheelchair to get around.

In May 2022 I set myself a challenge to attempting to push myself in my wheelchair along the Hadrian’s Wall 84 mile trail. I will have a support team with me who will help to get me over the stiles and help me with some of the more challenging sections. I don’t know if this has ever been attempted in a wheelchair before, but I’m determined to break down those barriers and complete this impossible challenge.

Big shoutout to my mom Kim Hauxwell and fellow OS champ Dave Wilson (GreatNorthDave) for helping to organise/plan this challenge and being part of the core team, along with Charis, Holly and Susan from Ability Shetland and also my Uncle Chris. Thank you to YHA for providing us with accessible accommodation for me and rooms for the whole team. Northumberland National Park for agreeing to support us during the challenge and also allowing us to be part of the 1900th birthday celebrations.

Ever since I was 12 years old I have dreamt about completing the Hadrians Wall 84 mile trail after seeing some parts of the wall in my wheelchair and visiting some of the museums. I always thought this dream was impossible and people still tell me that it is and that I’m crazy for even thinking about doing it. I am going to attempt this challenge to raise money for Ability Shetland, a charity that provides support to people all over Shetland, from childrens clubs, sports clubs, art clubs, boat trips, going on walks and the use of adapted equipment for locals and visitors to use to get outside and explore what Shetland has to offer. In 2019 Ability Shetland helped me to rediscover the great outdoors and also my freedom. They gave me the chance to use one of their all terrain Mountain Trike wheelchairs and opened up a whole new world to me. With Ability Shetlands help and by using their Mountain trike I was able to fundraise and raise money to purchase my very own active wheelchair. Now I have the freedom and with the help of an amazing team I can finally complete this challenge that I have been dreaming about.

My life has changed so much since 2019 and it is because of Ability Shetland that I have been able to get outside and see sights I never thought I would see with my family and friends. My family have now become official OS Getoutside Champions and I have also been recognised by Pride of Scotland and Young Scot for my previous fundraising, none of this we set out to do or ever thought possible.

To say thank you to Ability Shetland and to ensure that clubs can continue to help others reach their full potential, so far I have volunteered over 1100 hours with this charity and through fundraising I have already raised over £10,000 for them.

All money raised from this fundraiser will go to Ability Shetland sports clubs to enable them to continue helping and providing support to the people of Shetland and visitors from far and wide. The sport clubs are fully inclusive and open to everyone, helping to keep people active, to feel part of a team and the community. They provide people access to Boccia, walking Rugby, badminton and swimming to name just a few sports. Ability Shetland are still very much part of my everyday life and I attend their adaptive cycling sessions and we are currently working on starting a Wheelchair racing club, a sport that is currently not available in Shetland and that is becoming a big part of my life.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.”

Follow Brynn on his Facebook page, and find out more about Ability Shetland here.

You can also track Brynn’s progress here.

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Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Community Grants

Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival is delighted to be offering a series of community grants to help deliver festival activity.

Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Community Grants have been made available with funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund to support the creation and delivery of events and activity for Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival. 

The grants will be administered by Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums (TWAM) in partnership with English Heritage on behalf of the Hadrian’s Wall Partnership.

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Following Hadrian



Delivered by Carole Raddato

Following Hadrian is a blog dedicated to the Roman emperor Hadrian. It is maintained by Carole Raddato, an ancient history enthusiast who documents her travels in the emperor’s footsteps. The legacy of Emperor Hadrian has been primarily marked by his long journeys across the empire, for both administration and leisure.

Under the tagline, “I came, I saw, I photographed”, Raddato publishes blog articles related to the life of Hadrian. As the year 2017 marked the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian’s accession to the imperial office, her “Hadrian 1900” project allows her to retrace the emperor’s journeys in strict chronological order. The Following Hadrian blog ultimately celebrates the 1900th anniversary of each successive historical event.

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Hadrian’s Wall in Newcastle


Year long, from 09 May 2022


Delivered by St James Heritage and Environment Group

A film depicting the real route of Hadrian’s Wall through Newcastle. The aim is to make people aware of the exact location of the Wall and associated structures and settlements. The film will be interspersed with short clips illustrating relevant places along the route, involving local residents where possible. We want to to show visually how the route relates to actual recognisable places today. The film will be completed by Spring 2022, with a series of showings taking place throughout the rest of the year. The film will be accessible through our website and copies will be produced for use by schools and other organisations.

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