The Senhouse Museum will be celebrating the 1900th Anniversary of the founding of Alauna Roman fort – the headquarters of the Western Coastal Defences which continue down the Cumbrian coast beyond Hadrian’s Wall to Ravenglass. After the Romans left, the area was settled by Vikings, then became part of Scotland before being invaded by Normans. By the 1600’s it was known as Ellenfoot, before being renamed Maryport by Landowner Humphrey Senhouse in honour of his wife, when the modern town and port were created. There will be Romans, Vikings, and Norma/Saxon historical interpreters providing a virtual walk through history. This event has been provided by the The Solway Coast Business Group and generously funded by Allerdale Borough Council and Cumbria County Council.Visit site
DELIVERED BY Solway Coast Business Group
Come and celebrate the long and turbulent history of the area around Port Carlisle & Bowness Parish in the 1900 years since Hadrian built his wall! Re-enactors re-create the history & cultures of the different people who lived, worked & whose heritage survived through the often turbulent centuries from AD122 when the wall was started. This is the 2nd & last chance to “meet your Ancestors” following the hugely successful Burgh-by-Sands event earlier in March (with over 300 attending!) The day is full of re-enactor displays, presentations and demonstrations. • Solway Folk Band will be playing during the day • Bronwen Riley, the Cumbria based author, will be giving a short presentation & signing her new book, “Journey to Britannia, from the Heart of Rome to Hadrian’s Wall AD130 “(Available from Bookends in Carlisle) Re-enactor Groups taking part include:- • Legio VIII Augustus – in full army uniform & demonstrating their surveying skills • Herlid Vikings – in kit and civilian outfit from Aspatria & West Cumbria • Historia Normannis – demonstrating the peaceful & warlike side of medieval Saxon/Normans. • Teviotdale Steel Bonnets – bring along grislier reminders of Reiver raids & the aftermath. Only 1mile away is the site of the Roman fort Maia – (2nd largest fort on the wall after the cavalry fort in Carlisle). When the Romans left, the area was settled by Vikings & Britons, becoming controlled by the Kingdom of Rheged, at times part of Scotland before being invaded by Normans! In turn this led into an era of cross-border raiding & the building of fortified farmhouses such as you can see in nearby Drumburgh. Port Carlisle village itself plus its sea lock was only built in 1819 (Georgian period) with the canal to Carlisle City completed 4 years later. This was followed by the building of the then longest Railway bridge in Britain (across the Solway Firth to Annan in 1869. Demolished in 1935 the area became host to WW2 satellite airfields like Kirkbride and the submarine radio communication station at Anthorn. The Solway Firth itself was used for bombing & live fire practice with machine gun shells still to be found there at very low tides! This event has been provided by the The Solway Coast Business Group and generously funded by Allerdale Borough Council and Cumbria County Council.Visit site
Delivered by Vindolanda Trust
The event will run from 10am – 4pm with lots of opportunities to explore the Roman camp. You will be able to see your name being written in Roman cursive script and find out about Roman surveying and engineering. There will be two torsion artillery machines on display, which will be demonstrated in use as well as displays with the soldiers. The Eighth Legion soldiers will be available for a chat, and our Medicus will be on standby with some Roman remedies. We will be offering sacrifices to the gods, and perhaps we can interest you in some nice shoes once your spirits have been lifted! All the activities other than the military displays will be ongoing, so there will be plenty of time to see everything during your visit.
You can book a free arrival window when you purchase your ticket online to guarantee entry to the site on event days. These will be released at least one month prior to the event.Visit site
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 your ideas together.Visit site