Up on a visit to the in-laws, I am today seizing the opportunity to visit the newly refubished Roman Army Museum at Vindolanda. I’ve been there several times before, but not since the new work has been completed. Most importantly, I haven’t seen the 20-minute 3D film, Edge of Empire, which is meant to be absolutely amazing. Take a look at the museum’s site here.
If I’ve got time, I might nip over to Housesteads as well. It’s got the best Roman latrines around, whereas Segedunum, in nearby Wallsend, has the most amazing Roman bathhouse, and a 35m viewing tower so that you can get a bird’s eye impression of the impressive site. And then I might look again at walking the path which now leads from east coast to west, following for the most part, the route that Hadrian’s Wall took across Britain. I’ve wanted to walk it for ages, even before Anthony Riches walked a good chunk of it last summer in full Roman gear, and put the pressure on all of us similar authors to do so as well. When I do it, I can tell you that it won’t be in Roman gear. Proper hiking gear all the way!