The Hearth

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Northumberland, NE15 0NT

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Discover the History and Heritage of the North East in our programme of monthly talks.  Held on the last Thursday of the month, we offer a fascinating insight into a wide variety of subjects.  Entry is £5 on the door, free to 21s and under. Refreshments are included.  Talks start at 7.30pm

Vindolanda, The Story Continues - a look back on the 2019 discoveries

Speaker: David Goldwater


Thursday 28th November, 7.30pm

The Vindolanda Charitable Trust was founded in the spring of 1970. The aims of the Trust were to carry out archaeological research of the site, to make the structures and artefacts available to the public, and engage with people from all walks of life.  The Trust’s assets in 1970 were the 13 acre ‘camp field’, a small garden shed to store tools, a variety of picks and wheelbarrows and the princely sum of £21 in the bank. The formal Vindolanda Trust Excavations, under the direction of the late Robin Birley, started on the 3rd century military bath house. Since then the excavations have continued apace with the most extraordinary finds revealing life on the Roman Frontier in sharp detail.  Finds include written records on the famous Vindolanda Writing Tablets, wooden toys, leather boxing gloves and even leather and fabric. All this on our doorstep, only 25 miles west of Horsley!

David Goldwater and his wife have been members of the Trust almost since its inception. He returns to give us an update on a most successful 2019 digging season and will show us many of the wonders uncovered this year.