Welcome to Roman Aldborough

The village of Aldborough near Boroughbridge in North Yorkshire is the site of Isurium Brigantum, once one of the most important towns in Roman Britain.

The Friends of Roman Aldborough have been formed to promote Roman Aldborough. Find out more about us.

The Roman name for Aldborough

was Isurium Brigantum. The town was established sometime after AD74 when the Romans established themselves in Northern Britain, following an uprising by the Brigantes tribe. The Brigantes were the native people who ruled most of what is now Northern England from Hadrian’s Wall down to South Derbyshire.

Aldborough has been noted for its Roman relics throughout the ages, but at one time little value was attached to them and many have perished, including a number of mosaic pavements known to have been in existence until at least 1730.
The Friends group has been set up to encourage people to explore their Roman heritage, offering new opportunities and experiences to help them discover their (Roman) past and to share their knowledge and expertise.

The Aldborough Roman Town Project

Professor Martin Millett, Cambridge University and Rose Ferraby are currently undertaking a survey of the village using advanced geophysical techniques and the results so far have been very rewarding .The Aldborough Roman Town Project began in 2009, with the aim of learning more about the remains of Isurium Brigantium, and what it could reveal about Roman Britain.

Over the past ten years a wide range of survey techniques has been used to map the buildings, roads and ditches as well as pulling together previous work in the area. A great deal has been discovered about this Roman town which was a very important centre of administration for much of northern Britain.

The town is conventionally seen as geographically marginal in the Roman province and of secondary importance to York. However, a pattern of planning has been uncovered with major hillside terracing and grand houses with sophisticated design and decoration suggesting a place of more significance and interest with a distinctive character of its own.

More information is available at http://aldboroughromantown.wordpress.com


Soundmarks Project

Rose Ferraby, archaeologist and artist and Rob St John artist and writer have developed a fascinating sound and visual art trail exploring the sub-surface of Aldborough funded by the Arts Council and the Friends of Roman Aldborough.

Enjoy the trail from the comfort of your own home or on your mobile phone following the map around the site.

More information is available at http://soundmarks.co.uk



Upcoming Events

2021 Programme of Events

2021 Programme of Events

We are delighted to have another exciting and varied programme of talks and visits. Following our successful 2020 Programme of Zoom talks, these will once again be organised as online talks. We are hoping, however, that we might be able to host some live talks in Aldborough later in the year but this will depend very much on national restrictions.

Information on how to access these will be sent to members in the newsletters or by contacting secretary@romanaldborough.co.uk

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2021 Visits

2021 Visits

Once again we have organised a programme of visits to Roman sites and museums throughout the North of England. We look forward to a guided tour of the Roman section at The Yorkshire Museum in April followed by a tour of Fountains Abbey led by National Trust Archaeologist Mark Newman in May. In September Andrew Birley, Director of Excavations at Vindolanda will give us a personal tour and in September we look forward to a return visit to the impressive Hull and East Riding Museum. We hope that you are able to join us on some or all of these.

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Aldborough Museum Refurbishment

Aldborough Museum Refurbishment

We are delighted to report that Aldborough Roman Site re-opened on Saturday 1st August.

Entry is now by pre-booked timed tickets. Admission charges apply but entry is free to EH members on production of membership cards.

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