New owner, and future, for historic Roman fort

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The future of the Alauna Roman fort and a model farm at Maryport has been safeguarded thanks to new ownership.

The World Heritage Site faced uncertainty after the charity that owned it stopped trading last year.

Now, the North of England Civic Trust has acquired the site and says it is keen to unlock it's full potential.

The Hadrian's Wall Trust had previously run the site, which has been used for excavations and digs over the years.

But in a deal that has taken eight months to put together, ownership has now transferred to the NECT, a deal the HWT believes will benefit the fort in the long-run.

We have been delighted to work over the last six months on transferring this valuable asset to the North of England Civic Trust - a body with much experience in transforming historic buildings and creating sustainable futures for them. "We are confident that the North of England Civic Trust will find new opportunities, working with partners, to fulfil the immense potential of the site."

Linda Tuttiett, Chief Executive of Hadrian's Wall Trust
Previous digs have established the significance of the site Credit: ITV Border

North England Civic Trust says it intends to continue restoring and investigating the site, but has the ultimate goal is of opening as a visitor attraction.

Those involved believe that the extent and international significance of the archaeology at the fort has been established, but that this hasn't been fully presented to the public.

The new owner is keen to change this, and believes with the appropriate time and resources, the site could become a new Hadrian's Wall.

I probably spend more time treading carefully through derelict buildings than finished ones, so what I see here is not abandoned buildings and buried stones but something that if handled carefully can be brought back to life.

Graham Bell, Director of NECT