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Old February 17th, 2015, 12:59 PM   #121
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Hadrian's Wall given new Chinese name as part of tourism campaign

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Hadrian's Wall given new Chinese name as part of tourism campaign
19:00, 16 February 2015 By Sonia Sharma


Hadrian's Wall General Manager Carole Keltie holds sign in Chinese on Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian’s Wall has been given a new Chinese name.

After 10 weeks of voting in China, VisitBritain has revealed the new Mandarin names for 101 points of interest across Britain, suggested by the Chinese public for the GREAT Names for GREAT Britain campaign.

Out of three possible naming suggestions chosen by the Chinese public, Hadrian’s Wall has decided to adopt a new Mandarin name, translated in English as Wall of Eternity. This name received 1,100 ‘loves’ from voters. Other name suggestions included ‘Great wall of Britain’ and ‘Ancient wall with everlasting charm.’

Now that the winning names have been revealed, VisitBritain is encouraging the points of interest in question to use their new Chinese name to help create connections with valuable, high-spending Chinese tourists. How it is used is entirely at the discretion of each location or attraction.

Hadrian’s Wall has chosen to embrace its new Mandarin name and has unveiled a sign welcoming visitors to Housesteads Roman Fort with the new name. Liz Page, historic properties director for English Heritage in the North, said: “We are delighted to have a Chinese name for Hadrian’s Wall and hope it will encourage more people to explore and enjoy the wall’s 73 miles of Roman forts, museums and stunning landscape. The story of Hadrian’s Wall stretches back over thousands of years, and its new Chinese name – translated as wall of eternity – is a beautiful description which does justice to one of England’s most important historic landmarks.”

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Top North East tourist attractions receive investment to bring another 150,000 visitors a year

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Top North East tourist attractions receive investment to bring another 150,000 visitors a year
21:13, 27 February 2015 By Jonathan Walker


Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island in Northumberland

The North East’s top tourist attractions have received a boost with the announcement of Government cash designed to help attract thousands of extra visitors.

Lindisfarne Castle, Hadrian’s Wall and the Captain Cook Museum will all benefit from extra funding, George Osborne said. And the Chancellor set a goal of increasing the number of visitors coming to the North East each year by 150,000 people. The announcements are part of the Government’s long-term economic plan for the region, which Mr Osborne set out in a series of visits. An extra £1.2 million will be given to the National Trust to protect Lindisfarne Castle, a 16th-century castle located on Holy Island, near Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland.

There will be £400,000 of funding to promote tourism around Hadrian’s Wall, the second-century wall running south of the border with Scotland, to ensure dedicated bus services are able to continue improving access to the World Heritage Site and its attractions.

A further £500,000 will allow a new section of Hadrian’s Wall to be displayed to the public along with the recently discovered nearby Roman bath house at Wallsend, North Tyneside.

And £500,000 will be available for the creation of a new interactive exhibition at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Middlesbrough, to create a new interactive exhibition offering a wide range of educational and visitor experiences.

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North East grant signals the advance for major Roman cavalry exhibition at Hadrian's Wall

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North East grant signals the advance for major Roman cavalry exhibition at Hadrian's Wall
20:20, 2 March 2015 By David Whetstone


An exhibit in the Roman Army Museum on Hadrian's Wall

Museums and heritage organisations in the North East have earned a £1.5m boost from Arts Council England as a new report highlights their contribution to the regional economy.

Most dramatically, it signals the advance for Hadrian’s Cavalry, a blockbuster exhibition about the Romans’ mounted regiments which is planned to take place across Hadrian’s Wall in 2017. The exhibition is estimated to cost £790,000 but an Arts Council award of £690,000 to Northumberland National Park Authority, which bid on behalf of several partners, means it can proceed. The remaining £100,000 is expected to be raised through ticket sales.

Bill Griffiths, head of programmes for Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, chairs the steering group behind Hadrian’s Cavalry which is backed by a partnership of cultural and heritage organisations. It follows last year’s Wall Face, a portrait exhibition organised jointly by the partnership members at sites from the Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields to the Senhouse Roman Museum in Maryport. Mr Griffiths said: “Wall Face showed that a single exhibition could be mounted at different sites across Hadrian’s Wall, highlighting the uniqueness of each site for visitors and showing how they are linked to form the frontier. All the partners are keen to work together again on a much bigger scale. Hadrian’s Cavalry promises to be very exciting and will include events such as cavalry displays to bring this aspect of the frontier to life and attract visitors.”

He said evidence from sites along Hadrian’s Wall had informed understanding of cavalry regiments across the Roman empire. From Segedunum we know that cavalry horses were stabled with the troopers in adjacent rooms in customised barrack blocks, while Chesters Roman Fort is the best preserved cavalry fort in Britain,” he said. Many of the best known writing tablets from Vindolanda were written by Batavian troopers posted there following their deployment as shock troops to overpower the druids on Anglesey and before their subsequent deployment to the Danube to support Emperor Trajan in his war against the Dacians.”

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Hadrian’s Wall tourist bus returns for 2015

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Hadrian’s Wall tourist bus returns for 2015
10 March 2015

Contrary to recent local reports Go North East’s regular AD122 Hadrian’s Wall bus service between Hexham and Haltwhistle Railway Station will definitely be running for the 2015 summer season.

The bus operates approximately nine journeys throughout the day – stopping off at various tourist attractions along the way. It has proved popular with local residents and visitors to the region with nearly 16,000 users last year alone.

The summer season starts on Friday April 3rd with buses running a daily service until September 27th, giving more running days than the previous year’s service. The buses that deliver the service hold a minimum of 22 people and have wheelchair and buggy access. Northumberland National Park are partners and joint funders of the AD122 Hadrian’s Wall bus service.

Councillor Scott Dickinson, Northumberland County Council’s Business Chair, said: “The AD122 bus service is a very important transport link connecting towns and villages across rural and urban Northumberland. It’s not only important for local residents but its frequency means a crucial connection for visitors wishing to explore the County’s Roman heritage and get out and about amongst some of Northumberland’s most spectacular landscapes. This is great news for the local economy and for the tourism industry.”

Mark Ellis, Development Manager for Go North East, said “We’re delighted to be running the AD122 Hadrian’s Wall bus again this year to follow on from the success we had with the bus service last year. We’ve got a new look route for 2015, with buses running for more days during the summer, plus we’ve frozen last year’s fares and we’ll be introducing weekly tickets for visitors holidaying along the route. We’re looking forward to another busy summer of making journeys easier for the local people and welcoming visitors from far and wide.”

For further timetable information please visit the Go North East website www.simplygo.com/AD122

An announcement is imminent by Go North East to tell people more exciting news about the AD122 Hadrian’s Wall bus service.
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£500,000 boost for North Tyneside Roman baths dig

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£500,000 boost for North Tyneside Roman baths dig
12:20, 15 March 2015 By Tony Henderson


The Bath House remains at Chesters Roman Fort showing the bathing alcoves

Remains of a Roman fort’s bath house which were discovered last year will go on public display after a funding award.

Segedunum Roman Fort in North Tyneside has been granted £500,000 by the Government as part of a six point long term economic plan for the North East. The money will also allow an excavated stretch of Hadrian’s Wall at the fort to be displayed.

Ged Bell, chairman of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums said: “This is fantastic news for Segedunum, and the region. The site itself is a snapshot of North East heritage - the former site of Swan Hunter and the most archaeologically excavated spot on Hadrian’s Wall. To be able to preserve and share the new discoveries is very exciting.”

Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism at North Tyneside Council, said: Segedunum is a key part of the heritage and tourism offer in the borough. We are delighted that this investment has been awarded, allowing us to build on the already successful museum and fulfil our ambition to attract even more visitors to this site of international significance.”

Segedunum includes a reconstruction of a Roman bath house, a recreated stretch of Hadrian’s Wall and features a 35m viewing tower with spectacular views across the site and River Tyne. The foundations of Segedunum and 80m of Hadrian’s Wall have provided archaeologists with the most authentic evidence of the monument. The recent discovery of the original bath house came after months of detective work with old maps and records by WallQuest volunteers who pinpointed the site of the former Ship in the Hole pub as the spot of the original Roman bath house. The remains, last seen 200 years ago, are near the replicated bath house based on those at Chesters fort in Northumberland. Wallquest is a Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) funded Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Hadrian’s Wall community archaeology project.
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Soldiers to excavate Northumberland Roman fort where their predecessors served centuries ago

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Soldiers to excavate Northumberland Roman fort where their predecessors served centuries ago
08:30, 30 March 2015 By Tony Henderson


Vindolanda

Serving soldiers and veterans will be excavating a fort where their military predecessors were garrisoned almost 2,000 years ago.

The new season of annual excavations at the Roman fort of Vindolanda in Northumberland starts today. The Vindolanda Trust has given 10 of its highly prized excavation places in the opening two week period to Operation Nightingale, an award winning project run by the Defence Archaeology Group (DAG). It uses archaeology to aid the recovery of injured service personnel.

Under the supervision of experienced Vindolanda archaeologists, serving personnel and veterans will be working alongside volunteers from around the world with the shared ambition of discovering more about the Roman site. The team will be carrying out their operation “Exercise Mars Tablet” in the late 4th Century barrack blocks within the south east quadrant of the last stone fort on the site. This is near the area where last year a volunteer uncovered an exceptionally rare gold coin of the Emperor Nero.

Dr Andrew Birley, director of excavations said: “The serving personnel and veterans will be involved in everything we do, as well as being introduced to the skills of excavation, surveying, artefact handling and recording.”

Some of the service personnel and veterans have both physical and mental injuries sustained in operations in Afghanistan and other environments and Dr Birley said: “There will be challenges for individuals and for us as a team. We are aware that one gentleman has no upper limbs due to his combat injuries and another is registered blind, but support is in place to ensure that all participants can gain as much as possible from the experience within their individual abilities’.

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BBC music event will span entire length of Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland

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BBC music event will span entire length of Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland
10:27, 14 April 2015 By Tony Henderson


Mark Radcliffe who will be taking part in the Music Day event from Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall has been chosen as the launch pad for a nationwide day of music this summer.

The inaugural BBC Music Day on Friday, June 5, aims to be a nationwide celebration of music by bringing people together across generations and communities through their love of music.

The “Hadrian’s Wall of Sound” will be a musical relay from Bowness on Solway in Cumbria to Segedunum Roman fort at Wallsend in North Tyneside. Hundreds of musicians from communities along the Wall will journey by bicycle, horse, open top vintage bus, tractor, motorbike and unicycle, passing a baton from performer to performer. The music will start at daybreak in West Cumbria and finish in North Tyneside 73 miles and 14 hours later.

Among those taking part in the The Wall event will be a male voice choir, a gamelan group who play Malaysian percussion instruments, Northumbrian pipers, Afro-Caribbean drummers, steel pan bands, and cathedral choristers. The feat will be live on BBC Radio 3 - led by the BBC Singers - and on BBC local radio, BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Look North (North East and Cumbria).

BBC Music Day will also be celebrated the length and breadth of England. But the day will start on Hadrian’s Wall on BBC Radio 3’s Breakfast (6.30-9am).

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North East fitness fanatics invited to sign up for 69-mile ultramarathon, The Wall

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North East fitness fanatics invited to sign up for 69-mile ultramarathon, The Wall
11:30, 15 April 2015 By Adam Luke



The UK’s largest non-stop Ultramarathon will return to the North East this June.

The Wall challenges hardy runners to race from Carlisle Castle and to Newcastle’s Quayside and has achieved cult-like status due to its iconic course through Hadrian’s Wall country.

Returning for the fourth successive year, up to 1,000 runners are expected to take part in the Rat Race Adventure Sports event on the weekend of June 20 and 21, over a mixture of off-road and on-road terrain. The 69-mile route, which has a 95% completion rate, starts at 1,000 year-old Carlisle Castle as runners burst over the drawbridge to begin the challenge their way-marked adventure.

A number of pit stops are placed throughout the course, including at Lanercost Priory and in Hexham, while the half-way point is found in Northumberland National Park next to the 2,000-year-old remains of a hill-top Roman fort.

There are 34 miles of country roads, 17 miles of tarmacked and traffic-free paths, and 18 miles of trails. Entry to the race costs £195 per person for solo entries or £175 per person if taking part as a pair, with the fee including way-marking, a t-shirt, professional stage timing, feed stations, full medical support and bag transfers between start and finish. Entry remains open until capacity is reached. For more information and to enter, visit ratracethewall.com.

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North of England Civic Trust rescues historic site on Hadrian's Wall

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North of England Civic Trust rescues historic site on Hadrian's Wall
13:30, 16 April 2015 By Tony Henderson


Graham Bell, director of the North of England Civic Trust, at Camp Farm with trustee Celia MacKenzie

The future of a key site on Hadrian’s Wall has been safeguarded after a deal to take over its ownership was secured.

Alauna Roman fort and an adjacent disused 19th Century model farm at Maryport in Cumbria has been acquired by the Newcastle-based North of England Civic Trust (NECT) from the Hadrian’s Wall Trust, which ceased trading in July last year and will now be wound up.

The Camp Farm site at Maryport is at the western point of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire world heritage site, which stretches for over 3,000 miles from Cumbria across Europe to the Middle East, through Syria, and along the north coast of Africa. The Maryport site has produced the largest batch of Roman altars to be found in Britain and is the focus of a series of annual digs by Newcastle University, which have also revealed colossal and hitherto unsuspected timber buildings from the twilight of the Roman empire.

Hadrian’s Wall Trust had drawn up plans for a £7m visitor centre on the site, which also includes a museum run separately by the Senhouse Trust. NECT will now begin public consultations on whether the visitor centre scheme should go ahead or what other uses the local community and other bodies suggest for the site.

Linda Tuttiett, chief executive of Hadrian’s Wall Trust, said: “Our trust has been extremely proud with the progress made since acquiring Camp Farm, which contains the internationally significant Roman Fort Alauna. We have worked with the Senhouse Museum Trust, Newcastle University and Oxford Archaeology over the last three years to reveal finds important to improving understanding of the role Maryport played in our Roman history, as well as developing plans for a future visitor centre on the site. Following a drastic reduction in public funding, the Hadrian’s Wall Trust – which has led the development of the Hadrian’s Wall corridor, including Maryport, for the last eight years – last summer took the difficult decision to close its operations.

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Cooking up 1,500-year-old Cumbrian burger recipe

By Jenny Brown

Published at 11:24, Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Britain's very first burger will be dished up to willing foodies, as historians follow a 1,500-year-old recipe.



Experts say a Roman dish called Isicia Omentata is thought to have inspired the modern-day burger.

Using a recipe taken from fifth century cookbook Apicius, Birdoswald Roman Fort, on Hadrian’s Wall, will be cooking up the forefather of the burger on Saturday.

Isicia Omentata ingredients included minced meat, pepper, wine, pine nuts and Garum – a salty ingredient made of fermented fish innards, used as a salt flavouring.

All the ingredients would have been mixed together, formed into a pattie and cooked over an open fire.

Frances McIntosh, curator of Roman collections for English Heritage, hopes it will bring the history to life.

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Rock legend Mick Fleetwood to walk Hadrian's Wall in memory of his mum Biddy

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Rock legend Mick Fleetwood to walk Hadrian's Wall in memory of his mum Biddy
10:00, 30 May 2015 By Michael Brown


Mick Fleetwood

Rock superstar Mick Fleetwood has revealed plans to walk Hadrian’s Wall in memory of his mother Biddy.

The 67-year-old, who has just begun an international tour with the rest of Fleetwood Mac’s classic line up of John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, lost the 98-year-old in January. And Rumours has it that the star, unless he’s telling Little Lies, will be visiting one of the region’s Seven Wonders.

The trek would take place after the band completes its On With The Show tour, with the final date fixed for October 30 in Australia.

Richard Dashut, who co produced the band’s 40 million selling album Rumours, posted a tribute to Mick’s mother on his Truth and Consequences blog in January. He said: “RIP Bridget Maureen Fleetwood (Biddy) If you want to know the origins to the character of Fleetwood Mac, you need look no further than Mick’s Mum for that answer. From all of the Punters on this blog and myself at the head of that list, we salute the life of one of the most extraordinary women to ever walk the face of this planet. This is not Biddy’s world anymore, but heaven has a new Mum and we still have Fleetwood Mac! Biddy, may you rest in the eternal peace of death, you have earned in life and I shall carry your memory in my back pocket, for the rest of my days.”

Mick spoke about walking Hadrian’s Wall in an interview with a national newspaper.

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Visitors to Hadrian's Wall are being encouraged to 'adopt a stone'

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Visitors to Hadrian's Wall are being encouraged to 'adopt a stone'
08:12, 2 June 2015 By Tony Henderson


Birdoswald on Hadrian's Wall

Admirers of Hadrian’s Wall are being urged to “adopt a stone” to raise cash to protect and enhance the world heritage site.

As spending cuts hit other bodies with an interest in the monument a new organisation, Nurture Hadrian’s Wall, is launching the funding scheme. Individuals including visitors to the Wall and users of its national trail, plus businesses, will be asked to adopt a stone on a virtual online Wall to help pay for repairs and conservation.

Nurture Hadrian’s Wall is taking over the fundraising which was carried out by the now defunct Hadrian’s Wall Trust. Once a fund has been built up, the Wall scheme will invite bids from groups for a share to carry out projects along the length of the monument. Projects could include work undertaken by community groups and volunteers to raise public awareness of the Wall, improve access, and protect and improve the structure and the surrounding landscape and habitats.

The virtual stones on the website (www.adoptastone.org) can be bought for a minimum donation of £3 and supporters can choose their location from the 1.8 million stones available. It will also be possible to buy a virtual milecastle along the Wall. Donors will be able to print off certificates of ownership.

“We are setting up a grants panel to assess bids that come in for the money raised,” said Karen Mitchell, director of Nurture Hadrian’s Wall. The Wall is such an iconic part of our history and we know that local people and visitors are fascinated by this period, and by this achievement. It appeals to so many different interests, with world class archaeology, spectacular landscapes, rare wildlife, and the chance to experience both complete solitude and towns and cities along the way. There are real funding challenges for the Wall but this scheme could make a real difference.”

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Hadrian's Wall of Sound, "An ambitious, visually spectacular musical relay will span 73 miles along the entire length of the iconic Hadrian's Wall on BBC Music Day. The 'Hadrian's Wall of Sound' relay will begin at dawn from Bowness on Solway Marshes and draw to a triumphant conclusion at Wallsend"

"Audiences will be able to follow this ambitious relay every step of the way with live broadcasts on The One Show, which will feature highlights of the relay, plus a very special live performance.

The event will also be broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio Cumbria, BBC Newcastle and BBC Look North, as well as select highlights available online on the Tyne and Wear and Cumbria Local Live Page"

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Vindolanda thieves steal face from 2,000 year-old Roman statue

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Vindolanda thieves steal face from 2,000 year-old Roman statue
19:54, 10 June 2015 By Mike Kelly



Thieves have struck at a world famous North East museum for the first time its 45 year history.

They stole a stone artefact from a museum display at the Roman fort of Vindolanda on Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland which is visited each year by thousands of tourists from around the globe. It was a stone fragment of the head of a young male, which formed part of the ‘legacy in stone display’ at the Vindolanda museum, and is at least 2,000 years old The small display piece measuring 17cm wide by 13cm high, which was professionally mounted for secure open display, was forcibly wrenched from the exhibition, damaging the artefact during the theft.

No value has been placed on the object although a staff member said that rather than financial gain the thief or thieves are more likely to have been motivated by ‘owning something Roman’.

Meanwhile the Trust’s Director, Patricia Birley, said: “This is the first time in the 45 year history of the Trust that an artefact has been stolen. It is very unpleasant to think we have welcomed someone into our museum who has then taken advantage of a quiet end of day period to steal this object and thereby deprive the general public of a piece of our heritage. As our track record demonstrates, our museum security is exceptionally robust and has already been reviewed as a result of this incident”.

Police are appealing for information about the theft which happened between 10.30am on Thursday, June 4, and 10.30am on Saturday, June 6.

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The Vindolanda day 2,000 years ago when somebody stepped into the history books

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The Vindolanda day 2,000 years ago when somebody stepped into the history books
18:30, 30 June 2015 By Tony Henderson


Mel who found the footprint at Vindolanda

Somebody put their foot in it 2,000 years ago near Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland. Either accidentally or mischievously, an individual left their footprint on a newly-made clay tile which was drying out.

The tile with the print from the past was discovered at Vindolanda Roman fort by one of a team of volunteer Canadian diggers. Thousands of tiles have been unearthed in previous digs at the fort, some with the imprints of animals which walked across the drying site.

But the find by excavator Mel Benard is the first with a human footprint, believed to have been made by an adolescent between 160-180AD. It is another direct link with the people at the fort and its civilian settlement , which is famous for its finds of writing tablets that contain chatter about all manner of everyday life on the Roman frontier.

More than 6,000 shoes have also been found at Vindolanda. But it was the partial print of a right foot on the tile which made a big impression on Mel, who is part of a Canadian Field School from the University of Western Ontario which is digging at the fort. She said: “This was the first artefact that I had found. It is so exciting to have discovered something which links you directly to that individual nearly 2000 years later.”

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Ha,--this reminds me of when we laid Concrete, -- when sometimes someone would walk across the wet Concrete,--sometimes by accident,--but there were the odd one who did it deliberately, so wonder which one was it,---anyway it's easily done,--cheers.
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Northumberland arts projects receive £250,000 cash windfall

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Northumberland arts projects receive £250,000 cash windfall
08:00, 4 July 2015 By David Whetstone



Grants totalling more than £250,000 will be invested in innovative projects following successful funding bids by two North East arts organisations.

Arts Council England has awarded £187,144 from its strategic touring programme to Hexham Book Festival and Hexham-based Arts & Heritage for a literary project called The Mansio. It will see a specially designed mobile venue touring to seven historic sites along Hadrian’s Wall, spending 10 days at each. There it will host premieres of new work by a variety of writers and encourage young people to reflect on the social history of the locations through multi-media, workshops, talks and other activities.

Judith King, co-director of Arts & Heritage, said a mansio was a place where Romans would stop to take refreshment and have meetings. She said a national competition would be held for architects to design for the Hadrian’s Wall mansio.

A series of writers’ residencies has been set up in libraries and community spaces to pave the way for the mobile venue. The idea is to build links between local audiences, the book festival, museums and heritage organisations. Material arising from the residences will feature in the mansio when it makes its appearance next year.

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Any more news on Mick Fleetwood walking Hadrians Wall as Bowness on Solway is about 30 miles from me and it's not often we see such a music legend over here?
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Any more news on Mick Fleetwood walking Hadrians Wall as Bowness on Solway is about 30 miles from me and it's not often we see such a music legend over here?
Well the article does say - "The trek would take place after the band completes its On With The Show tour, with the final date fixed for October 30 in Australia."

So I would imagine if the proposed trek does in fact take place we may hear something close to the end of the year.
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