Walk down the once bustling Roman High Street which runs from east to west through the town. This street once ran all the way to Carlisle forming part of the Roman road known as the Stanegate. As you step where Roman feet once walked, imagine picking up your supplies from the granaries, and look out for the remains of the fountain house and a large courtyard building. This main street continues under the fields both east and west of the remains that you can see today.
See a fascinating display of a treasure trove found 50 years ago in the grounds of Corbridge Roman Town. On display in the newly renovated museum, the Corbridge ‘ Hoard’ is one of the most influential Roman ‘Time Capsules’ ever discovered in Hadrian’s Wall Country.The fascinating museum contains a wide variety of items which cover every aspect of Roman life. These include the tombstone of little Ertola, who ‘lived most happily for four years and sixty days’, shown still playing with her ball.
During our visit we will have a tour of the English Heritage Store, much smaller than the one at Helmsley. This will be led by Frances McIntosh, Curator of Roman Collections, English Heritage who came to talk to us in Aldborough last July.
After lunch at The Refectory Café at Hexham Abbey you are free to visit Hexham. You may wish to spend some time looking round the Abbey. Originally built in AD 674, it was built up during the 12th Century into its current form, with additions around the turn of the 20th Century. The tombstone of Flavinus, that can be here, is one of the most significant Roman finds in Britain. Flavinus was a Roman cavalry officer who died aged 25 in the first century. The slab is thought to have once stood near the fort of Coria and was brought here as a building stone in the 12th century.
Sally Grainger began her career as a pastry chef. With that background she has now become a very well known hands-on food historian. After a decade working as a chef she took up Classical Studies as an undergraduate at Royal Holloway College, and, while doing so, held her first reconstructed Roman banquet.
Having taken her degree in 1993, Sally began to build a new career in reconstruction archaeology and food writing fed by continuing research. It took time to become known in the academic world of archaeology, with the help of increasing participation in conferences, frequent presence at schools and at historical sites, regular television appearances and a series of invitations to cook and present ancient meals. She has since also taken an MA in Archaeology.
Sally has worked with the British Museum (a Roman meal there coincided with the Pompeii exhibition), the Museum of London, Fishbourne Roman Palace, the Roman Baths at Bath, and Colchester Castle. Not to mention the Getty Villa near Malibu, where as food consultant she has organized three large scale meals, Greek, Roman and Byzantine, in a uniquely authentic setting. She has often been seen on Time Team, also on Neil Oliver’s A History of Ancient Britain, Rome’s Lost Empire with Dan Snow; she has fed the Hairy Bikers.
And meanwhile she and her partner Chris Grocock, a medieval Latinist, have produced what is now the standard bilingual edition of Apicius, the Roman cookbook, and a practical companion, Cooking Apicius.These were both published by Prospect Books in 2006.
Sally will be introducing us to the fascinating world of Roman food, telling us more about the ingredients and methods of cooking and also giving us the opportunity to taste!
Venue: The Shed – newly built close to Aldborough Village Hall. Please follow direction signs.
This tour was cancelled because of the adverse weather conditions and will now take place on Sunday 2nd September.
This is an opportunity to enjoy a walking tour in the company of Professor Martin Millett and Rose Ferraby and to hear and see first hand what they have been discovering about the layout of Roman Aldborough.
Martin and Rose began The Aldborough Roman Town Project with the aim of learning more about the remains of Isurium Brigantum, and what it could reveal about Roman Britain. Over the past eight 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. 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.
Following the success of the Stone Day at Aldborough Roman site in August, we will be paying a visit to the Minster Stoneyard where we will find out more about the fascinating work of the masons and the techniques they use to repair, restore and protect the cathedral’s historic fabric and demonstrate ancient craft skills.
You are free to then make your own arrangements for lunch.
In the afternoon, one of the Minster guides will be taking us on a guided tour focusing largely on the Roman history of the Minster. Following this, you will be able to explore afterwards, including in the Undercroft Exhibition, wherein lie many Roman-period architectural and artefactual remains.