At the Northumberland National Park's Sill Discovery Centre, all the Hadrian’s Wall volunteers were having a celebratory day for the 1900 Festival. I met lots of enthusiastic volunteers, planned my final exhibition layout and in the afternoon presented my project to them all. Clare Forsythe helped us set up and she added to my presentation. Dr Frances McIntosh opened our workshop, focussing on Carrawbrugh Fort, the Mithraeum and Coventina’s Well. She showed some wonderful examples of metal votive plaques discovered in this area and then we challenged the participants to learn new skills, emboss metal foil and then create leaves for the Sill installation and votive plaques for display at the Sill, and then afterwards to be displayed in the café at Chesters Fort. The were some fantastic results! It was also really good to meet the Hadrian’s 1900 Festival organisers in person - it makes such a change from Zoom!
The remainder of this week has been all about planning the final exhibition, layout, finishing artwork and designing the layout of the interpretation panels, ready for a meeting with the Sill team next week.