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

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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2020 Visits

2020 Visits

The 2020 visits that we had organised to other Roman sites and museums throughout the North of England have been cancelled due to the current situation. These will be rearranged for other dates in the future.

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2020 Programme of Events

2020 Programme of Events

We are pleased to announce a series of Zoom talks for FORA members.
Monday 1 June ‘Pompeii: face-to-face with the Romans’  

Monday 13 July ‘Romans on Our Doorstep’

Monday 10 August ‘FORA Roman Garden Project’

Monday 14 September ‘Digging Deeper at Isurium Brigantum’

Monday 12 October ‘What did the Romans ever do for Yorkshire?’

Monday 9 November ‘Cartimandua, Queen of the North’

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