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Durham Centre for Roman Cultural Studies

Project Events

Recent events

Workshops at Lanercost Tea Rooms and Vindolanda

2nd and 4th Dec 2014. Kate Sharpe is working with heritage managers, local societies, writers, and artists to develop walking routes related to Tales of the Frontier. This work is funded by a grant from the AHRC for Follow-on Funding for Impact & Engagement.

Wall Face Event, Tullie House Museum

30 Oct 2014. Richard Hingley spoke on Antiquarian Approaches to the Roman Wall

Wall Face Event, Segedunum Roman Fort

27 Sep 2014. Richard Hingley spoke on Antiquarian Approaches to the Roman Wall

Workshop on Tales of Frontier and Cultural Engagement

24 May 2013, Durham University

Project Impact

March to June 2013, Dr Ahmed Shams El Din has been working with the Tales of the Frontier Team to address the impact of the project on communities and public policy. This post has been funded through the AHRC's Cultural Engagement Fund.

Hexham Local History Society

14 May 2013. Richard Hingley spoke on Hadrian's Wall: a life to the Hexham Local History Society.

Society for American Archaeology

4 April 2013, Richard Hingley spoke about Hadrian's Wall as a cultural frontier at the Society for American Archaeology in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Entangling Colonial Narratives

10 January 2013, Richard Hingley spoke on Post-Colonial Roman Archaeology and the Roman Frontiers in a session on Entangling Colonial Narratives at the Society of Historical Archaeology Conference in Leicester.

Durham Book Festival

26 October 2012, Richard Hingley spoke on Hadrian's Wall: a life at the Durham Book Festival.

Archived events

Durham Book Festival: Writing in the Academy

Prof Richard Hingley talks about his new book Hadrian's Wall: A Life as part of the Durham Book Festival.

26th October 2012, 12:30 to 13:30, Institute of Advanced Study Seminar Room, Cosins Hall, Palace Green
Professor Maggie O'Neill, Professor Richard Hingley & Professor Andrea Noble

An Archaeology of 'Race'. Exploring the Northern Frontier in Roman Britain

Old Fulling Mill Museum of Archaeology, Durham - 11th Sept 2010 - 9th January 2011

This exhibition explores issues of multiculturalism on the northern frontier of the Roman empire during the Roman period. Born in AD 146 in Leptis Magna, one of the great colonized cities of Roman Africa, Lucius Septimius Severus ruled Britain from his capital at York. Both during and after his reign, units of soldiers from across the roman world lived on what we now call 'Hadrian's Wall'. This exhibition explores the everyday life, citizenship and culture of the men and women on the Wall. The exhibition has previously visited Segedunum Roman fort (Wallsend), Tullie House Museum (Carlise) and Queen's Campus (Stockton).

Downloadable resources

XXIst International Limes (Roman Frontiers) Congress

The Tales of the Frontier team have convened a session at the XXIst International Limes (Roman Frontiers) Congress at Newcastle upon Tyne in August 2009.

The session considered Studying Roman Frontiers in a Globalized World

This session aimed to explore how and why we study Roman frontiers. Specifically, it considered the relationship between scholarly work and contemporary society. Historiographical studies demonstrate how archaeologists’ interpretive frameworks are often shaped by contemporary social and political environment (for example, the defensive frontier / Maginot Line). What then does it mean to study Roman frontiers in today’s globalized world? One of the defining characteristics of the contemporary globe is the process of de-territorialization – the integrity of nation states is eroded by the free movement of people, goods, and ideas. In such a world, the relevance of the frontier appears to have declined; perhaps the Roman frontier is of little relevance in a globalized world?

In fact, frontiers have not disappeared at all. Both iconic frontiers (e.g. Berlin Wall) and banal frontiers (internal EU customs) may have vanished; the new frontier may be in cyberspace. But other physical frontiers persist (the US-Mexico border) and other new frontiers have been defined (Israel-Palestine security fence). This session started from the belief that the study of ancient frontiers is of no less relevance today than 100 years ago. Further, bordering and globalization theories provide new conceptual tools for the interpretation of these frontiers and the exploration of their relevance.

Papers in this session were invited to set the study of Roman frontiers in a broad historical context and to explore the interpretation of Roman frontiers today. It brought together academics from a diverse range of subjects, including archaeologists, geographers, historians who are working on the European, Eastern and African frontiers of the Empire, as well as scholars working on other historical and contemporary frontiers. The outcome was to underline how current studies have responded to the new global order and to explore how they might develop in the future.

Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference - 'Geography, Knowledge and Society' 2009

Richard Hingley and Divya Tolia-Kelly will both be speaking at the Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference -'Geography, Knowledge and Society' 2009. The Session, Narrating Landscape and Environment will consider narrative as a way of shaping and arranging understandings of landscape and environment.

Richard will speak about Narrating the Roman Wall through chorography

Divya will speak on Narrating the postcolonial landscape: the archaeologies of race at Hadrian's Wall

The conference will take place in Manchester in 26th-28th August 2009

Read the abstracts here:

“It is not easy to survey these important ruins without a sigh: a place once of the greatest activity, but now a solitary desert; instead of the human voice, is heard nothing but the winds”

William Hutton. The History of the Roman Wall (1813)