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Old September 4th, 2014, 12:51 PM   #101
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Roman Baths - Wallsend

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Decision day on £11m Northumberland National Park project

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Decision day on £11m Northumberland National Park project

Sep 16, 2014 19:00 By Tony Henderson


An image of the final design for the The Sill landscape discovery centre

Battle lines have been drawn up over a proposed major development in what has been described as one of the most sensitive landscape sites in England.

Northumberland National Park Authority plans an £11m visitor and landscape discovery centre, called The Sill, with cafe, offices, and retail at Once Brewed on the central section of Hadrian’s Wall. The scheme includes an 87-space car park and a 93-space overflow car park. It would replace the existing 1970s Once Brewed national park visitor centre, while a new 86-bed youth hostel would replace the existing YHA facilities on the site. The development would cover 3.2 hectares directly to the south of the B6318 Military Road, within the Hadrian’s Wall world heritage site buffer zone.

The park authority’s development management committee is being advised to approve the bid at its meeting on Wednesday. There have been 17 letters of objection and 15 in support. Supporters range from Northumberland County and Carlisle City councils to the National Trust, with objectors including the neighbouring Vindolanda Trust and the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne.

A report to the committee by Stuart Evans, Sill project director and park head of corporate services, says that the existing Once Brewed visitor centre is dilapidated and does not befit its location, with the visitor experience suffering as a result. The aim of the scheme has been to create a building which sits comfortably within the landscape and reflects the character of the national park. The report says the proposal is a major development in the national park. “The proposal is intended to be a key driver to achieve the national park’s ambition to make the park accessible to a wider and more diverse audience,” says the report. The target is to attract 100,000 visitors a year. Visitor numbers to the existing centre have fallen from 65,000 in 2008 to 42,000 in 2012. The park believes this is due to the declining quality of the facilities.

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Formal decision on major development The Sill at Hadrian's Wall is delayed

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Formal decision on major development The Sill at Hadrian's Wall is delayed

Sep 18, 2014 13:30 By Sarah Scott


The Sill summer youth showcase at the Baltic.....An artists impression of the Sill.

A formal decision on an £11m visitor and landscape discovery centre at a Northumberland site has been put on hold.

Plans by Northumberland National Park Authority for the major development, called The Sill, at Once Brewed on the central section of Hadrian’s Wall, were approved on Wednesday by the park authority’s development management committee. But a third party has referred the application to the Planning Casework Unit, a body to manage planning decisions on behalf of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The proposal had split opinion in what has been described as one of the most sensitive landscape sites in England.

The scheme, with cafe, offices, and retail which also includes an 87-space car park and a 93-space overflow car park, would replace the existing 1970s Once Brewed national park visitor centre, while a new 86-bed youth hostel would replace the existing YHA facilities on the site. The development would cover 3.2 hectares directly to the south of the B6318 Military Road, within the Hadrian’s Wall world heritage site buffer zone.

The park authority’s development management committee was advised to approve the bid at its meeting on Wednesday which it did. But now a formal decision will be held off until the Department for Communities and Local Government has had an opportunity to consider the request.

Stuart Evans, Sill Project Director at Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “We are pleased with the decision taken by the local planning authority to support plans for The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre, with a ten to one endorsement. “The planning committee’s decision is an important milestone for the project’s success. We understand that there has been a third party request for the Secretary of State to determine this application and until the Department for Communities and Local Government have had an opportunity to consider the request we have to wait for a formal decision.”

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Old September 26th, 2014, 10:11 AM   #105
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New life for Northumberland star trek family set on Hadrian's Wall

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New life for Northumberland star trek family set on Hadrian's Wall
Sep 26, 2014 08:30 By Tony Henderson


Steve Dunwell, owner of Herding Hill Campsite near Haltwhistle who is staging astro weekends for stargazers from across the UK.

When electrician Steve Dunwell was made redundant for the fourth time, he set off on what was to prove to be his own star trek.

Four years ago Steve, from Leeds, brought his family to Northumberland and bought land at Herding Hill Farm, near Cawfields, on Hadrian’s Wall.

He now provides accommodation for tents and caravans, and also has wooden wigwams, a bunkhouse and cafe. And like other businesses in Northumberland National Park, he is making the most of the area’s International Dark Sky designation and growing astro-tourism He recently hosted a stargazing weekend as part of the Starmakers initiative, resulting in 150 overnight stays.

Some of the Starmakers funding - from Defra and the EU - is being used to stage workshops for tourism businesses to show them how to cash in on what is now Europe’s biggest dark sky park. Another strand is being used to recruit and train a network of stargazers who will stage 40 events before the year’s end. It is also helping accommodation providers like Herding Hill and the Redesdale Arms, near Otterburn, stage the first ever overnight stargazing breaks.

The next weekend stargazing getaways at Herding Hill after Friday and Saturday are on November 14-15. Visit www.herdinghillfarm.co.uk For a full listing of all the Starmaker star parties in the North East visit www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk or www.facebook.com/NEStarmakers The Starmakers scheme is part of the Animating Dark Skies project, which has been match-funded by Northumberland County Council, Northumberland National Park Authority, Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, the Forestry Commission, Northumbrian Water, Kielder Observatory, North Pennines AONB Partnership, Durham County Council and Newcastle University, with support from Northumberland Tourism.

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Hadrian's Wall - Byker

This section of Hadrian's Wall can be seen at Hadrian's Square, just off Shields Road in Byker.

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Plans for £11m Northumberland visitor and landscape centre given green light

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Plans for £11m Northumberland visitor and landscape centre given green light

Sep 30, 2014 19:00 By David Kenny-JOU


The Sill - View from the south east showing the main visitor entrance

Major plans for an £11m visitor and landscape discovery centre in Northumberland have been given the green light.

After almost two weeks of waiting, an official decision means the plans for The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre have been given the go-ahead.

The proposal by Northumberland National Park Authority, at Once Brewed on the central section of Hadrian’s Wall, was put on hold despite being approved by the park authority’s development management committee earlier this month, after a third party referred the application to the Department for Communities and Local Government Planning Casework Unit. But the £11.2m initiative passed a significant milestone this week as the Planning Casework Team decided not to call in the application, paving the way for planning consent to be granted as approved by the committee on September 18.

Northumberland National Park Authority Chairman, Coun John Riddle, said: “We are delighted plans for The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre can now move forward, as the Department for Communities and Local Government have confirmed that the Local Planning Authority can issue the planning approval. Receiving confirmation that the Department for Communities and Local Government does not wish to intervene is great news for the project. This backs up the decision taken at local level and demonstrates that the Secretary of State is content for the project to go ahead. The long term gains of the project include economic growth and job creation which will offer a step-change benefit for the whole of the North East and then there are the benefits you just cannot put a price on – including the impact the project will have on young people from a training and educational perspective. I would like to thank everyone who has supported The Sill project to date and contributed throughout the extensive consultation process, to help shape plans for this exciting new development. We look forward to working with our partners across the county and beyond to help realise the vision for The Sill.”

The new centre is to replace the existing 1960s Once Brewed facilities with a flagship visitor attraction, training and educational centre.

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Northumberland photographer focuses on ancient history of Hadrian's Wall lichen

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Northumberland photographer focuses on ancient history of Hadrian's Wall lichen
Oct 03, 2014 14:30 By Barbara Hodgson



What did the Romans do for us? Well, Hadrian’s Wall might be a striking example of their achievements but a new exhibition reminds us that its location nurtured an interesting history of its own long before the enterprising invaders got to work building their stone frontier.

Local photographer Iain Duncan has spent more than two years exploring the natural history around the Northumberland landmark and he will be telling the story of its ancient lichens in an exhibition of images opening in Hexham this month. And what he has found in the examples of natural growth overlooked by visitors to the wall is a wealth of information which, in greatly magnified photographs, reveal to viewers an extraordinary range of textures and colours.

Lichen: a Beauty Exposed, will run in the main gallery and foyer of the town’s Queen’s Hall from October 18 until November 22, marking the culmination of Hexham-based Iain’s project which has seen him photograph rich collections of lichens on the central section of Hadrian’s Wall as well as in the immediate vicinity of the world heritage site: along the Hadrian’s Wall Corridor which extends 10 miles to the north and south. He said: “The aim of this project is to introduce audiences to part of the far more holistic and continuing story of Hadrian’s Wall, beyond the time of ancient Rome, and to raise awareness of a natural colonisation which is ongoing.”

With the wall in situ since 122AD, the eco-system of mature lichen colonies are of great environmental importance and Iain hopes that raising public awareness about them will help ensure the ancient life form will survive for the next millennium.

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Housesteads Roman Fort is tops for historic Roman toilets says English Heritage

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Housesteads Roman Fort is tops for historic Roman toilets says English Heritage
Oct 09, 2014 11:30 By Tony Henderson


Reconstruction drawing of the interior of the latrines at Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall

The loo legancy left by the Romans has made Northumberland tops when it comes to historic toilets.

English Heritage has awarded the number one spot to Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall which, it says, has the best preserved Roman loos in Britain. The accolade comes only weeks after the first wooden toilet seat in the Roman empire was found at another nearby fort, Vindolanda.

Housesteads at its height garrisoned 800 men, who would have used the loo block which can still be see today. There weren’t any cubicles, so men sat side by side, free to gossip on the events of the day. The loos were flushed by a channel running anti-clockwise, which used rainwater and draining surface water. Water was also collected in a stone cistern.

A spokesman at English Heritage’s Housesteads site said: “We have the best preserved Roman toilets in Britain, which still ‘flush’ when it rains. All our visitors make sure to visit this part of the site, which makes for a great talking point.”

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Hadrians Wall Relocated to Yorkshire

Was checking out potential holidays in the 'Holidays and Getaways' supplement in last Sunday's Mirror and noticed this glaring error, not that it comes as any surprise as it seems places in Northumberland are often moved to other counties


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Stones from Hardrian's Wall in the former Swan Hunter Yard at Wallsend - images taken 30th September 2011.




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Hadrian’s Wall revealed as fungi capital of England by Northumberland National Park Authority

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Hadrian’s Wall revealed as fungi capital of England by Northumberland National Park Authority
Oct 27, 2014 16:29 By Tony Henderson


The violet coral fungus

The frontier land of Northumberland is the finest in England for first-class fungi, according to a two-year study.

The results of the survey carried out by Northumberland National Park Authority grasslands along Hadrian’s Wall has revealed the area to be the best place in England for variety of fungi species. This places the Wall grasslands in a position of international importance for the habitat type that fungi favour.

Most of the showiest toadstools belong to a group known as waxcaps, which are fungi of unimproved grassland often rich in moss and grazed by livestock. They are indicators of an ancient landscape that has had little ploughing or fertilizer added. Waxcaps come in an array of bright, jewel-like colours and sport romantic names like Splendid, Persistent, Ballerina, Oily and Honey.

Over the last two years, 25km of the grassland alongside the Wall from Walwick to Greenhead in the national park has been surveyed for grassland fungi. Last year’s wet summer was surprisingly unhelpful for the toadstools, which do not like too much rain, but excellent results were still recorded from the stretch under scrutiny, showing it to be nationally important and with three sites proving to be internationally rich.

The survey involved mycologists Liz Holden and Andy McClay as well as Hadrian’s Wall and national park volunteers, with walkers and farmers invited to submit sightings.

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Plans drawn up for stop-gap Hadrian's Wall visitor centre in Northumberland

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Plans drawn up for stop-gap Hadrian's Wall visitor centre in Northumberland
Nov 11, 2014 11:50 By Tony Henderson


The current Walltown visitor centre

Plan have been drawn up for a stop-gap visitor centre on Hadrian’s Wall after the current facility is demolished.

Last month Northumberland National Park Authority was give the go-ahead for The Sill, an £11m visitor and landscape discovery centre. It would replace the present Once Brewed centre on Hadrian’s Wall. The park had submitted a bid for £7m for The Sill to the Heritage Lottery Fund and a decision is expected at the end of January. The HLF has already given the park a £400,000 grant to develop its proposals for The Sill.

If scheme clears all its final hurdles, an alternative visitor centre will be needed until June 2017, which is the hoped-for opening date for The Sill. If the funding target is reached, it is expected that work will start on The Sill in April. The park has chosen the existing visitor base at Walltown, five miles from Once Brewed, where a recreational site has been established in what was a whinstone quarry.

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Public invited to share views on future of Hadrian's Wall

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Public invited to share views on future of Hadrian's Wall
Dec 18, 2014 19:00 By Brian Daniel


Students from Excelsior Academy prepare for their Himalayan trek by walking in Roman Wall country above Haydon Bridge

People are being urged to have their say on future plans for one of the North East’s most iconic landmarks.

Members of the public are being encouraged to comment on a proposed new management plan for Hadrian’s Wall, which will guide policy-makers and highlight a number of policies and actions up until 2019.

Hadrian’s Wall Management Plan Committee - made up of stakeholders throughout the World Heritage Site - has spent the last eighteen months considering what should be in the future plan, which would come into force next year, focusing on protection, understanding and sustainable development of the wall. The document includes 15 different policy areas and the same number of action points.

Humphrey Welfare, chairman of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site Management Plan Committee, said: “The aim is to have a revised plan that is both realistic and practical, providing essential guidance for the safeguarding of this internationally important heritage site and highlighting key opportunities for its enhancement and development. If we can get it right, we will realise its potential to enhance the lives of visitors and residents alike and the Wall can continue to be a source of local pride and an inspiring global destination well into the future.”

The committee is asking interested parties to consider the key elements of the draft, with expressions of support or suggestions for amendment also welcomed. In responding, people should provide their name and contact details, and say whether they are writing as an individual or as a representative of an organisation. The policies and actions can be accessed via http://www.visithadrianswall.co.uk/w...age-management Responses should be sent to [email protected] by January 9.

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Role of cavalry on Hadrian's Wall in Roman times set to be explored

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Role of cavalry on Hadrian's Wall in Roman times set to be explored
Jan 04, 2015 16:09 By Brian Daniel


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The role of cavalry along Hadrian’s Wall in Roman times is set to be explained in a planned exhibition along its length costing alost £1m.

The exhibition “of international significance” and linked events - including dramatic re-enactments - could take place in 2017. And it would “raise public awareness and understanding of the role of Roman cavalry, their multicultural origins, their status and significance at the heart of the Empire”, bosses say. The project is set to involve museums and heritage sites along the World Heritage Site in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and Cumbria, as well as renowned sites home and abroad over a six month period.

Now, Northumberland National Park Authority has submitted a bid for almost £1m in funding on behalf of the parties involved to allow the project to come to fruition.

The Hadrian’s Cavalry Project has been developed throughout the course of last year by a partnership of museums based along the length of the Roman Wall. It aims to create an “inspiring” exhibition for all 11 museums and heritage sites along Hadrian’s Wall, based on the “little explained” role of cavalry along the frontier in Roman Britain, with Chesters Roman Fort in Northumberland regarded as the best-preserved Roman cavalry fort in Britain. The project would bring together the British Museum, the National Museums of Scotland, with museums in Holland and Germany and private collectors to deliver a six month, wall-wide exhibition of “international significance and interest” in 2017.

The national park authority recently agreed to submit a “regionally significant” bid for £890,000 to the Museum Resilience Fund administered by the Arts Council England, and to act as accountable body for the project.

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Northumberland County Council's £2m for Sill Centre could be better spent, locals say

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Northumberland County Council's £2m for Sill Centre could be better spent, locals say
Jan 25, 2015 16:20 By Brian Daniel


Aerial view of Sill final design

Business and residents living close to the site of a proposed £12.7m visitor attraction on Hadrian’s Wall have claimed a £2m council loan to the project could be better spent.

Local people have also voiced concerns that accommodation sites and pubs in the Twice Brewed area will lose business - up to £1.1m worth - and possibly even close if the Sill Landscape Discovery Centre is built, due to it taking their trade.

The council which is proposing the loan has defended its decision while the authority leading the project has cited the benefits it will bring to the area as a whole.

The Sill, a visitor and landscape discovery centre, is intended to replace the present Once Brewed centre on Hadrian’s Wall and is being developed by Northumberland National Park Authority in conjunction with the Youth Hostels Association (England and Wales). The project, it is hoped, would create 120 jobs and generate £2.7m for the region’s economy each year.

However a group of businesses and residents in the Twice Brewed area have questioned the council’s decision to provide £2m to the project, claiming the authority has better things to spend such money on. Group leader Brian Keen, landlord of the Twice Brewed Inn, said: “The fact that Northumberland faces cutbacks like everyone else then surely the money being given to Northumberland National Park could be of better use in every area of Northumberland, from care in the community, schools, emergency services and even potholes etc.” The group meanwhile has voiced concerns that the Sill will hit local accommodation sites and pubs, and could mean some closing. Members have pointed to national park claims that the centre will draw in 100,000 visitors a year, with half to be new and half “displaced” existing visitors to the area.

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£7.8m funding boost for Sill national landscape discovery centre in Northumberland

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£7.8m funding boost for Sill national landscape discovery centre in Northumberland
06:30, 2 February 2015 By Brian Daniel


The Sill - View from the North East showing first floor café with panoramic views

Plans for the country’s first national landscape discovery centre on Hadrian’s Wall have been given a £7.8m funding boost.

The Sill, which will be an all-weather and year-round facility that provides hostel accommodation, retail facilities and a café, has been given the money by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The project, spearheaded by Northumberland National Park Authority (NNPA) and YHA (England and Wales,) will deliver a comprehensive programme of interpretation, educational, research and events that will inspire people to celebrate, value and conserve the unique natural and cultural heritage of the Northumberland landscape. The project is intended to replace the present Once Brewed centre at the World Heritage Site and will attract more than 100,000 visitors each year.

It is hoped it will create 120 jobs and generate £2.7m for the region’s economy each year. The partners are hoping the funding will help them raise the £2.2m they need for work to begin.

John Riddle, chairman of the park authority, said: “We are absolutely delighted by today’s announcement. To receive such substantial HLF backing is a wonderful boost for the project and marks a very significant day for the North East.”

Tony Gates, authority chief executive, added: “The Sill will help people from all walks of life explore and learn about Britain’s finest landscapes. Through this project, we will inspire the next generation of custodians, protecting the legacy of our stunning landscapes for the future. We are particularly keen to ensure young people benefit, with The Sill as our answer to the ipad in helping grab young peoples’ attention. We’re very grateful to the organisations and individuals who have supported the project in helping us get this far, it’s been a real team effort and we will need their ongoing support to ensure The Sill delivers to its full potential and the maximum number of people benefit from a connection with our heritage.”

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Adventure duo launch new way to experience Hadrian's Wall

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Adventure duo launch new way to experience Hadrian's Wall
19:00, 4 February 2015 By Tony Henderson


Snowshoeing in Hadrian's Wall country

Father and son adventure duo Ian and Tom Hopper take the winter snowscape in the wilder parts of Northumberland in their stride.

They run Pin Point Adventure and, in partnership with the National Trust, are staging snowshoe trips around the world heritage site in Northumberland.

The snowshoe concept dates back thousands of years. It spreads a person’s weight and allows travel where otherwise feet would sink deep into the snow.

The first snowshoe tour at the weekend was a circular route from Housesteads Roman fort to Cuddy’s Crag on the Wall and out across moorland to near Broomlee Lough. "It was an amazing day - absolutely brilliant,” said Ian, who worked for 27 years as a teacher and was head of geography at Haydon Bridge High School in Northumberland. Snow shoeing is something a bit different in this country but a lot of people want to try it. Those who came on the trip loved it. It is certainly an unusual way to see Hadrian’s Wall, and it’s wonderful exercise,” said Ian, who lives in Lambley in the South Tyne Valley.

En route the group were taught how to build a snow shelter and heat drinks in a Kelly kettle, which will boil water in minutes, in all weather conditions, using virtually any fuel the user can find.

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Staff at Hadrian's Wall to be given Game of Thrones cloaks to keep warm

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14:48, 9 February 2015 By Sara Nichol


Staff at Housesteads Roman fort on Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland, wearing black Game of Thrones-style cloaks to protect them from the harsh winter weather, as they carry out their daily duties on the World Heritage Site

Staff at a North East landmark are getting cloaks like those seen on the TV show Game of Thrones - to help them ward off the cold.

English Heritage has equipped its employees at Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall with the winter cloaks to protect them from the winter weather while carrying out their duties.

The Northumberland monument is widely known to have inspired the fantasy TV drama, which is based on the books written by George RR Martin. And the black cloaks, which are warn by the Night’s Watch in the programme, will also be available for fans to wear and recreate their own favourite ‘wall’moment.

Carole Keltie, general manager at Hadrian’s Wall, said: “We are definitely fans of Game of Thrones here at Hadrian’s Wall and love the fact that this impressive and dramatic landscape has so inspired an author and a whole movement of followers. It’s easy to see how this would have inspired the creation of ‘The Wall’ and we’d definitely recommend more fans come and discover this historic frontier for themselves.”

ix cloaks will be available for visitors to wear along Hadrian’s Wall at Housesteads Roman Fort from now until the spring. Visitors are encouraged to post their images and tweet their messages on www.facebook.com/hadrianswall and @EH_HadriansWall.

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Heritage crime concern on Hadrian's Wall because of illegal digging

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Heritage crime concern on Hadrian's Wall because of illegal digging
16:00, 10 February 2015 By Tony Henderson



Illegal digging on Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland has been branded a worrying “heritage crime.”

Evidence of excavations have been found by National Trust staff at Steel Rigg and Peel Crags on the central section of the world heritage site. The damage, thought to be from “nighthawking” - the illegal use of metal detectors- has been condemned by police, English Heritage, the National Trust and Northumberland National Park Authority.

At the nearby site of Vindolanda Roman fort, where annual organised excavations have produced remarkable finds, director of the Vindolanda Trust Patricia Birley said: “The trust deplores the illegal use of metal detecting. It is a destructive activity that cheats ordinary interested people and our national heritage by stripping away the full archaeological value of objects and their contexts that only proper archaeological investigation can achieve.”

It has also alarmed Nick Hodgson, project manager of the WallQuest community archaeology project by Tyne Wear Archives and Museums which has been investigating sites along the Wall from South Shields to the Tyne Valley. TWAM is also running the Wall Community Champions scheme by which volunteers patrol and inspect stretches of the monument for signs of damage. Mr Hodgson described the illegal digging as “deplorable.” He said: “It is going to damage the archaeology. As they are digging through archaeology layers we are losing the knowledge that the layers may contain.”

The Wall sites are legally protected as scheduled ancient monuments, and it is a criminal offence to use a metal detecting equipment without authorisation from English Heritage.

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