Paul Bidwell: “The Roman Forts at Arbeia and Segedunum: Two Case Studies in Conserving and Interpreting Buildings from the Ancient Past”

CSoP members are invited to the next lecture in the Durham World Heritage Site Architecture and Conversation Series.

PAUL BIDWELL: “The Roman Forts at Arbeia and Segedunum: Two Case Studies in Conserving and Interpreting Buildings from the Ancient Past”

Wednesday 25th June, 5.30 p.m.
VENUE: Room PG20, Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham

Roman remains in Britain tend to be fragmentary in nature, having been effaced as a result of later human activity. However, the Roman Forts of South Shields (Arbeia) and Wallsend (Segedunum) have attempted to get around this problem by reconstructing several full sized buildings based on extensive academic research, thereby providing visitors with a vivid impression of how the sites used to look. This presentation discusses the difficulties and successes of this controversial approach to interpreting an important part of the World Heritage Site.

Paul Bidwell was Head of Archaeology for Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums until 2013. He played a leading role in the excavation and interpretation of the Roman fort-sites at Arbeia and Segedunum, which are part of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, and in the full-size reconstruction of Roman buildings at those sites. His research interests include Roman architecture, particularly in the context of military works such as forts, fortresses and frontier walls. He was awarded an OBE for services to heritage in 2012 and is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology, Durham University.

The talk will be followed by a drinks reception in the World Heritage Site Centre.

PLEASE NOTE THAT PLACES FOR THIS TALK ARE LIMITED.

Please book your place by writing to Raffaella Aliprandi at ‘ra.aliprandi@gmail.com’. Please also also let Raffaella know whether or not you will be attending the reception afterwards, for catering purposes.

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