Vindolanda and The Sill – The UK’s National Landscape Discover Centre, working in partnership with Hexham Book Festival, come together this August for a Great Northumberland event focusing on women, both during the Roman occupation of Britain and on those who live and work along Hadrian’s Wall today.
The weekend of the 4th and 5th of August will bring together events for families which will celebrate women of the past and present It will also see the announcement of the winners of two writing competitions connected with the event. One competition, specifically for students of Middle Schools across Northumberland, has been judged by author Caroline Lawrence, creator of The Roman Mysteries series and a linked digital exhibition of the students’ work will be on display for visitors.
The second competition is entitled Flash Fiction; 300-word short stories, written by entrants aged sixteen and above, have been submitted and will be judged by renowned classicist Natalie Haynes and announced at an award ceremony at Vindolanda on Saturday 4th August at 11am.
Head to Vindolanda to view the earliest surviving female handwriting from Britain – the artefact dates back almost 2,000 years and is an invitation to a birthday party from Claudia Severa to Sulpicia Lepidina, wife of the Vindolanda garrison commander in AD100.
A series of fun, free workshops and events for ages five and above will be open over the weekend at both sites. Head to The Sill on Saturday 4th August to create your own Roman invitation inspired by the 2,000 year old piece on display, get creative using stamps, ink pads and even a traditional printing press.
Visit Vindolanda on Sunday 5th August for more contemporary creative activities with a “Pop-up invitation” workshop from 11am-2pm and is free to join in.