Hadrian’s Wall: 40 Years of Frontier Research

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Current Archaeology Live!  presents a special conference, in partnership with Durham University:

Hadrian’s Wall: 40 Years of Frontier Research


2-4 September 2016, at Durham University


Join us in September for a conference celebrating one of Britain’s greatest archaeological treasures. Hadrian’s Wall is the most famous example of a Roman frontier, but it is also the most mysterious. Far more massive than its peers, was Hadrian’s Wall a bulwark against unruly barbarians to the north, or simply a grandiose imperial vanity project? Forty years after the publication that initiated modern Wall studies – David J Breeze and Brian Dobson’s Hadrian’s Wall – a group of internationally renowned specialists will share the latest thinking on what the frontier was for, and how it shaped the lives lived in its shadow.

This exciting one-off event is modelled on Current Archaeology Live!, which is renowned for its stimulating, enjoyable, and accessible style. Our speakers will guide you through the military works, the communities of camp followers that the army attracted, and what this massive influx of people meant for the native population. Other highlights include charting the changes the Wall set in motion, the mind-boggling impact of provisioning thousands of soldiers, and the opportunity to hear an international take on our Wall. We will also discover the latest results from excavations under way in the military north.


Scroll down for the timetable or click on these links for further information on:

Hadrian’s Wall Tour
Friday and Saturday evening receptions
Archaeology Fair
Getting there



– Tour now full – 

Visit Hadrian’s Wall with Andante Travels
– Friday 2 September

£25 per person

We are offering our attendees an exclusive opportunity to explore Hadrian’s Wall on Friday 2 September, with Andante Travels – the specialists in expert-led archaeological tours. This tailor-made trip includes:
• Transport by coach from Durham
• An expert-led guided tour around Housesteads and Vindolanda
• All entrance fees
• Return coach travel to Durham, in time for David Breeze’s evening keynote lecture

Please note: the tour is now full. 


The conference will take place at Durham University’s Calman Learning Centre (CLC) and Earth Science rooms.

For information on accessibility at The Calman Learning Centre, please click here.


We have been able to reserve rooms for delegates at three of the Durham University colleges: Collingwood College, Hatfield College and St Chad’s College.  Please note: rooms at Hatfield and Collingwood colleges should be booked through this link, and rooms at St Chad’s College should be booked by calling 0191 334 3358, and quoting ‘Hadrian’s Wall Conference’.

This accommodation is booked and charged separately to the conference. Bookings are on a first come, first served basis, and you are of course welcome to make alternative accommodation arrangements.

Collingwood College (book through this link)
Single ensuite rooms £55.00 B&B per night
Twin ensuite rooms £92.00 B&B per night

Collingwood College is located on Durham University campus. Further information on the college can be found here.

For information on accessibility, please click here.

Collingwood College
South Road
Telephone:+44 (0) 191 334 5000

Parking is available but on a first come, first served basis.

Hatfield College (book through this link)
Single ensuite rooms £55.00 B&B per night

Hatfield College is located in Durham city centre. Further information on the college can be found here.

For information on accessibility, please click here.

Hatfield College
N Bailey
Telephone:+44 (0) 191 334 2633

Parking is available but on a first come, first served basis.

St. Chad’s College (call 0191 334 3358 to book, quoting ‘Hadrian’s Wall Conference’)
Single ensuite rooms £45.00 B&B per night
Double ensuite rooms £75.00 B&B per night
Twin ensuite rooms £75.00 B&B per night
Standard rooms may also be available if required – please enquire when booking.

St Chad’s College is located in Durham city centre. Further information on the college can be found here.

For information on accessibility, please click here.

St Chad’s College
18 North Bailey
County Durham
Telephone:+44 (0) 191 334 3358

Parking is available a 10 minute walk from St Chad’s College and the cost to park is £5 for the duration.


There is an option to order a packed lunch through Durham Events, which can be collected during the lunch break from the Earth Science Rooms. Lunches are available to book via the following link: https://www.dur.ac.uk/conference.booking/details/?id=585. Please note that you do not need to be booking accommodation at Hatfield College or Collingwood College in order to book lunch – please just leave the accommodation tick-boxes unselected.

Alternatively you can bring your own packed lunch.

We are currently in negotiation with the café located in the Calman Learning Centre to see if they will open over the weekend for the conference.

The university is a 15-20 minute walk from Durham city centre.

Please note that delegates will need to make their own arrangements for dinner.

Friday and Saturday evening receptions

We will be holding evening drinks receptions on both the Friday and Saturday nights, to which all delegates are warmly invited. We hope you will join us there!

Archaeology Fair

The conference will be host to the ever popular CA Live! Archaeology Fair, where a variety of stallholders will come together in one bustling marketplace for you to browse at lunch time and between sessions.

Getting There

The Calman Learning Centre (CLC) is located on Durham University’s Mountjoy (science) site. It is approximately 1.3 miles from Durham Railway Station, 0.7 miles (up a slight incline) from St Chad’s and Hatfield colleges, and 0.6 miles (down a slight incline) from Collingwood College.

By bus:

The Cathedral Bus Service links a number of major sites within Durham City Centre. The number 40 bus runs Monday-Saturday between Durham Railway Station and Durham Cathedral, which is near both St Chad’s and Hatfield colleges. The number 40B bus runs Monday-Friday between Durham Railway Station, the Bus Station, and the University campus.

For a full timetable, click here.


Free parking is available for delegates at the Lower Mountjoy car park. It is approximately a 5 minute walk from the the car park to the Calman Learning Centre.

If you are a Blue Badge holder there will be parking directly outside the Calman Learning Centre, however, as spaces are limited, you will need to reserve one with us by calling 020 8819 5580.

There are three Park & Ride sites serving Durham City and they are located on key routes into the city. These are available Monday-Saturday, 7am-7pm, with buses running every 10 minutes into the city from each site. Information on parking facilities and Durham’s Park & Ride sites can be found here.

It promises to be an exciting and stimulating few days, and we hope to see you there!

Join the conversation on Twitter: #HWall40



  1. Hi, is there a contact email for the organiser of the Hadrian’s Wall: 40 Years of Frontier Research event?

    • Hi Nick,

      As the conference is being organised jointly between Current Archaeology and Durham University, the best thing to do is to send an email to [email protected] – they will be able to help with most things, and will also be able to pass any queries on to the relevant person if not.

      Best wishes,

      The CA Team

  2. Will there be a publication released after the conference for those of us who may live on the other side of the world ??

    • Dear Terry,

      Thank you for your query. While we don’t have a specific conference publication planned, each of the speakers will be talking on their own research areas and so have had related papers published elsewhere. We will be having a conference round-up in the magazine.

      Best wishes,

      The CA Team

    • Dear John

      Many thanks for your message. I confirm that the Andante walking tour of Hadrian’s Wall will be leaving at approximately 9am on the 2nd September and will be collecting members of the tour group from both Collingwood and Hatfield colleges before travelling up to Vindolanda.

      If you have any further questions then you can get in contact by either telephoning us on 020 8819 5580 or email us at [email protected]

      I hope this answers your question and we look forward to seeing you later on in the year!

      With best wishes

      The Subscriptions Desk
      Current Publishing

  3. Just booked for the conference – one Great Wall visiting another ! – and will be calling during office hours to get on the tour.

  4. Now on the tour, thanks to the very helpful lady in the CP office who sorted it out:-) I’ve also got my accommodation and train tickets booked – bring it on !

  5. Any news on whether the café in the Calman Centre will be open during lunch breaks? Also, will we receive tickets and/or schedule in the post before the event? Would like to know when registration will be open.

    Really looking forward to the conference!

    • Dear Pat

      Many thanks for your message and I am pleased that you are looking forward to September! The Calman Learning Centre cafe will be open between 8:30-4:30 on both Saturday and Sunday. I can also confirm that on Friday we sent out your conference pack which will include an updated conference itinerary, a map of the local area and conference name badges which will act as your ticket.

      With best wishes

      The Subscriptions Desk

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