.If you weren't at the Classical Association lecture on Wednesday (and a lot of people were) you missed a treat. I've been going to Hadrian's Wall since just after the Romans left, with parties of school age adolescents, so I thought I knew a reasonable amount about the place. However, in the presence of a true expert, Professor Ian Haynes of the University of Newcastle University, it was best to pay attention, listen and find out how much is still being discovered on an almost daily basis. Our lecturer did a really clever thing (actually he did quite a few) and started his survey from the Western end of the Wall, which doesn't get so many visitors, at Maryport. He then made a fascinating progress along the Wall, stopping off at Birdoswald, via Corbridge (Corstopitum!) and finally arriving in Newcastle at the end end of a fascinating hour. If you want to learn more you've not missed the boat, as you will see if you click on the picture at the top of this post. Maybe more to follow.
Sheffield branch of the Classical Association, founded in 1920