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Old March 12th, 2018, 12:50 PM   #241
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The Sill welcomes 100,000th visitor

Press relase from The Sill @ https://www.thesill.org.uk/the-sill-...000th-visitor/
The Sill welcomes 100,000th visitor
Posted on 8th March 2018 in Latest News by Andrew Mitchell



Designed to enable more people to experience the landscapes, culture and heritage of Northumberland National Park and the surrounding areas, The Sill has made quite an impact on local tourism since it opened its doors in July 2017.

Just eight months after its public opening, The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre has officially welcomed its 100,000th visitor.

The Centre, at Once Brewed on Hadrian’s Wall, has beaten Northumberland National Park Authority’s projections by achieving its expected annual visitor numbers some five months ahead of schedule, with arguably some of the busiest months still to come.

Tony Gates, chief executive at Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the visitor numbers The Sill has received so soon after opening. We are thrilled that the Centre is already serving its purpose of connecting people with the wonderful Northumbrian landscape and local Northumbrian produce. It is particularly pleasing that we have welcomed so many visitors from across the county and beyond.”

To celebrate this landmark in The Sill’s history, the 100,000th visitor was rewarded with a special prize, two tickets to one of The Sill’s popular ‘stargazing for beginners’ events and a pre-event, three-course meal courtesy of Fresh Element in The Sill café. The lucky recipient was Angela Lawson from Brayton, North Yorkshire, who was visiting The Sill for the first time when she was named visitor 100,000.

This key milestone for The Sill coincides with the opening of its new ‘Northumberland’s Dark Sky’ exhibition, which will run until the end of April 2018.

Located in The Stell temporary exhibition space, the exhibition, which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), comprises interpretive displays, video installations, artefacts including real meteorites and hands-on activities that will engage visitors about Northumberland’s dark skies, which are the most pristine in England.

Duncan Wise, visitor development and marketing manager at Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “Our new Dark Sky exhibition is designed to showcase all that is wonderful about our night skies and to raise public awareness and commitment to protecting them from the effects of light pollution. Aimed at families with young children and people with an interest in astronomy, visitors can get ‘hands-on’ with interactive displays and exhibits, including detecting meteors using radio astronomy, as well as learning about the different constellations and how we can protect our dark skies. Visitors will also be able to pick up information on local attractions and businesses which offer dark sky experiences, including The Sill’s own activity programme of events. We are very grateful to the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, who gave us their Light Blight maps to use in the exhibition, which show how much of England is affected by light pollution.”

Named after the nearby Great Whin Sill; the £14.8 million state-of-the-art visitor centre, is the result of an innovative partnership between Northumberland National Park Authority, YHA (England & Wales) and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through a £7.8 million grant made possible by National Lottery players. Featuring fixed and temporary exhibitions, learning and event spaces, a 90-seater café, YHA accommodation, a gift shop packed with locally-sourced gifts and produce as well as a world-first, fully accessible Whin Sill Grassland roof, The Sill provides the perfect location for people of all ages to explore and enjoy some of the region’s most spectacular unspoilt scenery.

Open daily between 10.00am and 4.00pm, for more information about The Sill, visit www.thesill.org.uk.

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Old April 27th, 2018, 12:43 PM   #242
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A very interesting and detailed story from Cumbria Crack about a new display at Birdoswald. This also reminds me that despite living in Carlisle for plenty of years I have still not visited that particular fort

"Hadrian’s Wall home to families not just military men says English Heritage

Previously unseen Roman cremation urns containing the remains of a young woman and a five year old child will go on display at Birdoswald Roman Fort, today. Discovered just outside the fort, the remains of what may be a mother and child challenge the assumption that Hadrian’s Wall was exclusively the preserve of military men.

At the same time as Birdoswald Roman Fort re-opens, infants’ feeding bottles, remnants of a doll, a bone whistle and evidence of board games will also go on display at nearby Corbridge Roman Town as part of a combined £1.8m English Heritage investment. Together, both Roman sites will bring to life the stories of people – men, women and children – who lived and died on the Roman Empire’s north western frontier."


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Birdoswald Roman Fort



BBC Breakfast News had an open broadcast of their weather reports from Birdoswald Roman Fort this morning.
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Making The Sill

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Making The Sill

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Published on 24 Apr 2018

Discover more about the creation of The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre in Northumberland National Park.

The Sill is an iconic new building that harmoniously reflects the distinctiveness of the Northumbrian landscape in both its shape and the materials used in its construction.

Its centrepiece is a beautiful Whin Sill grass roof, planted to replicate the unique natural grasslands of the surrounding area. The Sill’s fully accessible living roof sweeps gently upwards, giving visitors a bird’s eye vantage point across one of the UK’s most magnificent landscapes and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall.

It’s built on the site of our previous visitor centre and YHA hostel at Once Brewed, and is named after the nearby internationally-renowned geological feature, the Great Whin Sill.


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Old August 9th, 2018, 09:39 AM   #245
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I forgot to post this story from the News & Star when it appeared last month

Not great news, given the seemingly major scale of the excavated bathhouse at Carlisle Cricket Club. Surely some way of displaying the site and what was discovered there can be found. Carlisle makes very little of its Roman heritage: this is too significant to let it pass by due to the perceived risks of flooding in the future.

From the News and Star:

"Plans for a Roman archaeology exhibition in Carlisle have been dealt a major blow by flooding fears

The chance discovery last year of a superbly preserved Roman bath-house beneath old tennis courts at Carlisle Cricket Club triggered huge excitement, with historians hailing the discovery as the most significant of its kind for decades.

The stone structure and stunning treasures within it were found during a routine archaeological dig carried out in preparation for the building of a new cricket pavilion.

Local politicians spoke of their hope that the discovery could lead to a permanent Jorvik style exhibition similar that the one in York, significantly boosting tourism.

But at a meeting, Carlisle City Council leader Colin Glover revealed that experts have expressed concern over the risk to such exhibits from flooding.

The bath-house site, west of Eden Bridge, sits on low-lying land just yards from the River Eden."


Full story at http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Pl...b1736e24c46-ds
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More on the Roman Bathhouse in Carlisle. It would seem that the News and Star has had a sneak preview of the archaeologists' report on last year's discovery. I am now eagerly waiting for the actual 112 page report to be published.

From the News and Star:

"Archaeologists ponder whether Roman emperor visited Carlisle

It's a tantalising possibility...

The Roman Empire may have abandoned Britain in the fourth century but only now is Carlisle giving up some of the occupation's oldest secrets - including the possibility that the city was visited by an emperor.

The evidence is emerging thanks to an archaeological dig in north Carlisle: an excavation that uncovered a superbly preserved third century bathhouse.

The Cricket Club dig yielded hundreds of artefacts, as well exposing walls and rooms which experts now believe were part of a much larger administrative complex. Only now have archaeologists given their verdict on what it may mean.

Staff from Wardell Armstrong, the contractor responsible for the dig, have painstakingly catalogued the many finds.

They are described in fascinating detail within a 112 page report, shared with the News & Star in advance of its publication."


Lots more detail at http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Ar...f3b9b4821e3-ds
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Old October 4th, 2018, 02:41 PM   #247
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Hadrian's Wall given stepping stone by National Lottery

Press release from Newcastle University @ https://www.ncl.ac.uk/press/articles...drianswallhlf/
Hadrian's Wall given stepping stone by National Lottery
Published on: 4 October 2018



Experts at Newcastle University have been given a National Lottery grant of £1.17m to work with community volunteers to help protect, preserve and interpret the remains of Hadrian's Wall.

Stretching from one side of the country to the other, the impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site is currently at risk from modern threats such as severe weather, tourism and invasive plant species, including Roman cemeteries and the unparalleled Vallum earthworks.

As part of the Community Archaeology Project (WallCAP), volunteers from along the wall’s 135km length will be trained in skills such as digital surveying, including terrestrial laser scanning, at various sites to understand more about its condition, as well as conservation and geological work so that they can help prevent further deterioration.

WallCAP will also address the question, Where is our Wall? encouraging people to solve the mystery of the missing stones from Hadrian’s Wall. Over 1500 years, stone quarried by the Romans have been taken to build local houses, farms, field walls, churches and castles. Using the latest digital and scientific techniques, communities will help uncover the stones and discover how the Wall has been used to shape the landscape around them.
Vital part of landscape

Dr Rob Collins, WallCAP project manager and Lecturer in Archaeology, Newcastle University, said: “Hadrian’s Wall has been a vital part of our landscape for the past 1900 years. Thanks to funding from The National Lottery, we will be able to better understand the position of the Wall in the current working landscape, and ensure that the monument will be enjoyed by future generations of local communities and visitors.”

Anyone interested in volunteering WallCAP can register at https://wallcap.ncl.ac.uk/

Today's announcement also includes a project to address the lack of awareness around the Antonine Wall, which stretches between the firths of Forth and Clyde in Scotland.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “Thanks to funding from The National Lottery, what were once built as barriers will now bring communities together to explore and celebrate their shared heritage. The Romans left us an incredible legacy from buildings and roads to language and currency. The legacy of the initiatives announced today will be that these internationally-important ancient monuments, and the fascinating history they tell, will be better understood and cared for by their communities well into the future.”

https://www.ncl.ac.uk/press/articles...drianswallhlf/


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Possibly the least surprising story for some time (to me, anyway) is the discovery of a Roman settlement during the A66 roadworks at Kirkby Thore, given that the village is built on or near the site of a Roman fort and vicus.

From Highways England:

"Roman settlement discovered during A66 Eden Valley works

As well as foundations of the original Roman road, traces of Roman life – and death – have been identified at the site, where we’re carrying out major carriageway reconstruction and resurfacing. Pottery, post-holes for timber housing and a Roman grave have all been discovered in the past few weeks."


More from the Highways England Press Releass at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/r...n-valley-works

And from the archaeologists involved:

http://guard-archaeology.co.uk/wordpress1/?p=288
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This from the News & Star,--


Archaeologist to give update on Carlisle's impressive Roman bathhouse


MORE information about Carlisle's Roman bathhouse is due to be revealed next month.

The impressive remains were uncovered in the grounds of Carlisle Cricket Club last year.

The club is now set to host an illustrated talk on March 22 at 7.30pm to update member of the public on the progress on the project.

Read more https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...man-bathhouse/
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An interesting story from Historic England, about some very old graffiti.

From a Historic England press release:

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Roman Graffiti to be Recorded at Hadrian’s Wall Quarry

Historic England and archaeologists from Newcastle University are working on an exciting project to record rare Roman quarry inscriptions in Gelt Forest near Brampton in Cumbria.

These inscriptions, known locally as ‘the written rock of Gelt’, were carved by soldiers quarrying stone for Hadrian’s Wall. The series of inscriptions and graffiti made by Roman soldiers give us clues about the military units involved in the work, as well as the officers in charge of the quarrying.
Full story at https://historicengland.org.uk/whats...s-wall-quarry/
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This from the News & Star---


Hadrian's Wall named best landmark in the country




HADRIAN'S Wall has been voted the best landmark in the country.

The Roman wall was judged the best entry in the Landmark of the Year category during the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2019.

Judge Eleanor Barraclough said: "Hadrian’s Wall isn’t just one of the most important historical structures in Britain, it’s also the one with the most stunning natural setting."

Read more https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...n-the-country/
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Builders uncover a section of Hadrian's Wall on Heddon-on-the-Wall building site

Hexham Courant website article from 19/03/19 about the unexpected discovery of section of Hadrian's Wall at Heddon-on-the-Wall building site

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Builders uncover a section of Hadrian's Wall

Builders discovered a section of the Wall buried underneath the site while excavating for a new housing development located within the ancient monument’s World Heritage Site.

The proposal for five new homes in the village at Tulips Yard was approved in November last year, and involved the demolition of the remaining 19th century stone buildings on the site.

“The news of the discovery is a rare and exciting opportunity for archaeologists to study these remains, and compare them with the current English Heritage site to the east.

Local photographers and historians flocked to the ‘Hidden Northumberland’ Facebook page to share their photos of the rare find.


Full article on https://www.hexham-courant.co.uk/new...hadrians-wall/

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National Park’s Sill Landscape Discovery Centre, at Once Brewed on Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland has proved huge hit with visitors

Chronicle Live website article from 27/03/19

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Northumberland visitor centre has proved huge hit with visitors

The Sill reaches major milestone as visitors flock to Hadrian's Wall site; now they can leave their own mark

Less than two years after opening, Northumberland National Park’s Sill Landscape Discovery Centre has officially welcomed its 250,000th visitor.

The £14.8million visitor centre at Once Brewed on Hadrian’s Wall has achieved park authority’s visitor prediction more than 10 months ahead of target.


Full article on https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news...-huge-16027623

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This from the News & Star,--


Rare Roman-era coin worth thousands of pounds found in field near Carlisle


A CARLISLE man has expressed his shock after discovering that a rare-Roman era coin he found is worth thousands of pounds.

Ian Hughes, who lives in Belle Vue, found the coin while out with his metal detector in a field just outside the city more than a year and a half ago.

Read more https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...near-carlisle/
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Wallsend (Segedunum) Roman Fort and Museum & length of adjacent Roman Wall - information & pictures 19/09/19 Part 1 of 2

As part of Heritage Open Days 2019 event made a visit on Thursday 19/09/19 AM to Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum, Buddle Street, Wallsend, Tyne & Wear, NE28 6HR and on 27/09/19 made a posting comprising 33 posts over on the "Heritage Open Days 2019" thread, https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=2201760

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Posts #70 - 80 on https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showt...2201760&page=4

Posts #81 - 100 on https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showt...2201760&page=5

Posts #101 - 102 on https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showt...2201760&page=6

A selection of the some of the pictures taken by myself Thursday 19/09/19

Marked up by myself Screen Print of Google Maps image of the Wallsend (Segedunum) Roman Fort and Museum & length of adjacent Roman Wall also showing adjacent area



The Museum building



Artwork - Sentius Tectonicus by John O'Rourke



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Wallsend (Segedunum) Roman Fort and Museum & length of adjacent Roman Wall - information & pictures 19/09/19 Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of 2

As part of Heritage Open Days 2019 event made a visit on Thursday 19/09/19 AM to Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum, Buddle Street, Wallsend, Tyne & Wear, NE28 6HR and on 27/09/19 made a posting comprising 33 posts over on the "Heritage Open Days 2019" thread, https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=2201760

A selection of the some of the pictures taken by myself Thursday 19/09/19

The Fort area















Within the area north of Buddle Rd in addition to the Wallsend B Pit remains at east end are the Roman Wall remains and rebuilt section







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