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Roman invasion in Carlisle as Cavalrymen come to town

Some of the crowds watching the action in Bitts Park Credit: ITV Border
A faithful reenactment of one of the regiments that once guarded the Northern frontier of the Roman Empire
The infantry in formation on Bitts Park in Carlisle Credit: ITV Border
A depiction of the Roman village Credit: ITV Border
The two day event is expected to attract big crowds Credit: ITV Border


WATCH: Romans return to Hadrian's Wall

This weekend, the Romans are once again invading...

Around 100 Roman soldiers and townsfolk, as well as plenty of barbarians, are heading to Birdoswald Roman Fort, for a weekend of re-enactments.

Watch Matthew Taylor's full report:

Hadrian's Wall exhibition opens

An exhibition exploring the conservation of Hadrian's Wall has opened at two Roman Forts, Chesters and Birdoswald.

Artist Dawn Felicia Knox has spent the last twelve months observing the work of the volunteers who catalogue the artefacts found on the site.


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Pictures: The £11.2m visitor centre for Hadrian's Wall

The Sill Credit: Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall Ltd

Plans to build a £11.2m visitor centre at Hadrian's wall could take another step forward today.

Councillors are meeting to discuss plans for a new facility at Bardon Mill in Northumberland. If approved, building work could start in summer 2015.

The landmark building design, The Sill, is named after the Great Whin Sill bedrock which crosses the landscape of Northumberland National Park.

The Sill promises to "transform how people engage with, experience and learn about landscapes and conservation, and aims to encourage visitors from all backgrounds to discover the inspiring landscapes and heritage of Northumberland National Park and beyond."

View from the south east showing the main visitor entrance Credit: Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall Ltd

With 1,700 people inputting their ideas and feedback, the designs have been drawn up in consultation with partners, the public and expert architects.

The building will be shaped to reflect the undulating contours of the Whin Sill landscape, with roof lights echoing Hadrian's Wall glacial lakes.

The latest concepts incorporate the UK's first 'Whin vegetation roof' created from Northumberland's rare Whin Sill grassland and native plants found in Northumberland National Park.

View from the north east showing first floor café with panoramic views Credit: Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall Ltd

Plans for visitors centre

Hadrian's wall visitors centre could be underway by next summer Credit: PA

Plans to build a twelve million pound visitor centre at Hadrian's wall could take another step forward today.

The county council are meeting to discuss the plans for the new building at Bardon Mill. If approved, building work could be underway by next summer.

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