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Hadrian’s Wall community archaeology project.

Hadrian’s Wall, part of the UNESCO transnational Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site (WHS), is one of the most famous ancient monuments in the world. Yet, many aspects of it are still poorly understood and some portions of it are in poor and deteriorating condition.

The WallCAP project provides volunteers and communities with the chance to contribute to the sustainability of Hadrian’s Wall as one of the UK’s preeminent heritage attractions.

About the research project

One arm of this project examines Heritage At Risk, to enable local people to make a key contribution to the management of the WHS in the short term, while developing a network of trained volunteers to continue this crucial work in the longer term.

This project also provides local communities with the knowledge and skills to understand how the Wall has literally and metaphorically provided the building blocks for present-day communities, by exploring the way in which the Wall’s building fabric has been reused in the centuries following Roman rule of Britain.

Utilising existing infrastructure and expertise, the project brings together key stakeholders and communities to deliver a range of exciting events for local communities along the entire length of Hadrian’s Wall and the Cumbrian coast.


Heritage Lottery Fund


Oct 2017-June 2018 (Stage 1)

PI and further team:

Prof Sam Turner (PI),Rob Collins (Co-I and Project Manager), Kerry Shaw (Volunteer Coordinator & Community Liaison Officer), Alex Turner (Digital Heritage Officer), Nicky Garland (Project Support Officer)


None in Stage 1