24 Jan - 23 Dec 2022

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HW1900 kicked off a year of celebrations with a big birthday and an even bigger cake!  

HW1900 kicked off a year of celebrations with a big birthday and an even bigger cake! 24th January 2022 heralded the start of this much anticipated yearlong festival to celebrate 1900 years of Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site. Throughout 2021, the Hadrian’s Wall Partnership has been rallying the troops to bring together a festival which celebrates 1900 years of Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site.

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Emperor Hadrian’s 1900 Birthday Bubble Bath

Emperor Hadrian’s Birthday Bubble Bath To celebrate the launch of Hadrian's Wall 1900 the Emperor Hadrian himself sailed in on Monday from Rome to the Ravenglass Estuary where he enjoyed a bubble bath within the ancient Roman bathhouse. Suitably refreshed and cleansed, he is now ready for the year of festivities along his Hadrianic Frontier. The 24th January 2022 would have been his 1946th birthday and 1900 years since he decreed that a frontier be constructed to define the limits of his Empire. The ceremonies were supervised by Sulis, the Romano Celtic Goddess of thermal springs and healing waters. The Emperor enjoyed a very hot bubble bath, Roman honey cake and of course, mulled wine, newly popularised in the 2nd century throughout the Roman Empire.

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The much-anticipated Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival reveals some of the incredible range of events taking place across 2022

A contemporary artwork that uses the fabric of the landscape to create intrigue and wonder, a Japanese manga series bringing Roman history to life like never before, exhibitions and events for all the family, a Roman themed city of light and travelling Saturnalia celebrations are just some of the things that will await visitors to Hadrian’s Wall in 2022, with plenty more to be revealed as the year goes on. 

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Get Involved in HW1900

Hadrian’s Wall will celebrate its 1900th anniversary in 2022 with a year-long festival of events and activities. Hadrian’s Wall 1900 will mark the commencement of the building of Hadrian’s Wall. A packed programme of events and activities will take place throughout 2022 including exhibitions, lectures and film screenings. There will be opportunities to take part in workshops, walks and creative projects; and experience the stunning landscape through creative installations and events. 

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A national call out for a landscape intervention intended to enthral, inspire and amaze

As part of a spectacular year of events and activities in 2022 Hadrian’s Wall Partnership is planning a captivating intervention in the landscape around Hadrian’s Wall. In this exciting stage of the festival’s development, the team are seeking an Artist or Artist-led teams to create a high-quality, captivating artistic installation that will be one of the keystone events in this exciting yearlong festival.

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