Roman ruins at Walls Castle, Ravenglass copyright Charlie Hedley
Roman ruins at Walls Castle, Ravenglass

Romans in Ravenglass

Romans in Ravenglass logoSouth of Ravenglass village stand the impressive ruins of the Roman Fort and Bath House. They are part of the Hadrian's Wall UNESCO World Heritage site (opens in new window).

As well as the soldiers, there was a whole community living outside the fort. We want to find out about what daily life was like for them. Who were they? What did they eat? How did they communicate with the outside world?

Romans in Ravenglass is a partnership project between ourselves, Muncaster Parish Council and the Muncaster Estate. York Archaeological Trust will supervise the archaeological investigation. The project will concentrate on investigating the vicus settlement, fort and bath house.

What do we expect to find?

We already know that this site contains a fort, civilian settlement and bath house. The local community is keen to learn more about this site. This project will help us to understand more about the extent, layout and function of Roman Ravenglass. We hope to find Roman buildings and artefacts. These will help us to understand how the settlement grew over time and what sort of activities took place here.

How are we doing it?

Archaeological investigations will help to define the extent and layout of the Roman site. Volunteers will help to undertake geophysical survey, field-walking and excavations. Open days and public events will publicise the project.

Find out more in this Leaflet about the Romans in Ravenglass project (PDF)

Short video about last season


How you can get involved

We need volunteers in September 2014 to help with this fascinating exploration of Roman life. Season 2 dig will run five days a week, for four weeks. We can accommodate up to 20 volunteers at one time.

How to apply

No experience is needed as full training will be given – all you need to become a volunteer is enthusiasm for the local heritage.

This year we are looking to recruit volunteers to help with outreach. We need enthusiastic guides to spread the word about the background to the project and show the public and passers by around the site. Please read Visitor Experience Guide Role Profile (Word document) for more information.

In particular we would love volunteers from the local Copeland District to get involved. People from this area will be given priority booking.

Sign up

Please complete the Romans in Ravenglass Booking Form (Word document) and the Volunteer Registration form (Word document).

Activities Calendar

Find out more


Find out what happened in 2013 watching our archaeology experts and volunteers give their insights in these Season 1 videos.


Take a look at our Romans in Ravenglass Blog (opens in new window) 

On Twitter: RomanRavenglass

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Useful links

Map showing the areas for archaeological investigation

Romans in Ravenglass map showing areas for archaeological investigation

A huge thanks to our partners

This project is funded by the Heritage Lottery FundCopeland Community Fund and ourselves. We would also like to thank Muncaster Parish Council, Muncaster Estate and The Pennington Hotel for their help. All links open in a new window.

Copeland Community Fund logoMuncaster Estate logoHeritage Lottery funded logo