Today was the inspiration day at Vindolanda and Clare and I met Vindolanda’s Curator Barbara Birley along with members of the Allendale Cubs and Scouts from Hadrian District. We followed a site trail, heard some fantastic, stirring music from Cornu and Cornyx played on instruments copied from frescoes. These are the real Roman war instruments and they looked and sounded amazing! Vindolanda have recently found a trumpet mouthpiece at one of their digs this year.
We visited the site for our proposed artwork in the education room, in the valley near the Nymphaeum, which is currently sporting nearly 1900 beautifully made pieces of bunting celebrating 1900 years of Hadrian’s Wall. I introduced the project to the young people and discussed what we would be making at their next meeting in their local village hall in the following weeks.
The Vindolanda tablets really inspired us in the museum - seeing snippets of everyday life captured, shopping lists, letters home, camp stores, and a birthday party invitation written by a women - the first examples in Britain ever - amazing!
Thinking about modern issues of climate change, recycling and repurposing we are going to make paper postcards from Vindolanda’s shredded paper and then write postcards relevant to today, inspired by the tablets. The cards will then be used to create a sculpture for display. Look out for more images to come!
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