Magna Project

The Roman Army Museum has undergone a transformative expansion, resulting in a versatile amenity facility and activity centre aimed at engaging archaeological volunteers, providing a functional site office for archaeological staff, and integrating essential external infrastructure such as paving and drainage. This initiative was part of a comprehensive endeavour by The Vindolanda Trust, a charitable organisation dedicated to researching, promoting, and facilitating access to the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Sites and associated museums.

Situated adjacent to the significant Roman site of Magna, the Roman Army Museum served as a focal point for a five-year archaeological and geoarchaeological research project generously funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and The Vindolanda Trust.

Completed

2024

Project

Enhancing the Roman Army Museum

Value

Circa £6.9K

Client

The Vindolanda Trust

The extension to the Roman Army Museum encompassed several key components:

 

A Multi-Purpose Building Extension: This addition expanded the museum’s gallery space and served as a dynamic hub for various activities and programs aimed at fostering engagement with archaeological endeavours.

Centre for Archaeological Volunteers: Within the extension, a dedicated area was allocated to facilitate the involvement of archaeological volunteers. This space provided resources and support for volunteers to actively participate in research, excavation, and conservation efforts.

Integrated Visitor Activity Centre: The extension incorporated a linked visitor activity centre, enhancing the overall visitor experience by offering educational and interactive programs that delved into the rich history and archaeology of the region.

Site Office for Archaeological Staff: A functional site office was established within the extension to accommodate the needs of archaeological staff conducting research and overseeing excavation activities. This office served as a central hub for project coordination and administration.

External Infrastructure Enhancement: In addition to the building extension, improvements were made to external infrastructure such as paving and drainage, ensuring a seamless and accessible environment for visitors, volunteers, and staff alike.

Throughout the planning and design process, careful consideration was given to ensure that the extension to the Roman Army Museum was both economically viable and of the highest quality, reflecting the commitment of The Vindolanda Trust to excellence in archaeological research and public engagement.