Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum - Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum - Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums
Buddle Street
Wallsend
Tyne and Wear
NE28 6HR
England

Website

www.twmuseums.org.uk/segedunum

E-mail

segedunum@twmuseums.org.uk

Telephone

0191 236 9347

Fax

0191 295 5858

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Segedunum Roman Fort and Baths
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In AD122 the Emperor Hadrian ordered a mighty frontier system to be built across Britain to defend the Roman Empire from the barbarians to the North.

The result was Hadrian's Wall, a 73 mile barrier stretching from the River Tyne in the east to the Solway Firth in the west. Segedunum, which means ‘Strong Fort’, was built to guard the eastern end of the Wall, and housed 600 Roman soldiers. It stood for almost 300 years as a symbol of Roman rule and a bastion against barbarian attack.

Today, Segedunum is once again a major site on Hadrian's Wall. It is the most excavated fort along the Wall with surviving foundations of many buildings and part of the Wall itself. There is a large interactive museum plus full-scale reconstructions of a bath house and a section of Wall. The 35 metre high viewing tower provides outstanding views across this World Heritage Site.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Archaeological site, Museum

Opening hours

From 30 March to 31 October 2013: Monday to Friday: 10am - 5pm. Saturday to Sunday: 11am to 4pm
From 1 November 2013 to 31 March 2014: Monday to Friday: 10am - 3pm. Closed at weekends.
Closed for four weeks over Christmas 2013

Admission charges

Entry
Adults £5.25
Concessions (over 60 years and students with a valid student card) £3.25
Children free (16 years & under)

Groups (10+)
Adults £4.20
Concessions £2.75

Group with booked guided tour (10+):
Adult £7.25
Concession £5.40

Adult Season Tickets £10.50
Concession Season Ticket £6.50
School Workshop £60
Birthday party £50

The Roman collections at Segedunum relate to the more recent excavations of the 1970s, 80s and 90s, and are constantly being augmented by fresh archaeological fieldwork in the Wallsend area. Their particular significance lies in the fact that they represent a comparatively comprehensive span of both the 300 year occupation of the site, and of the assorted structures within it. Several items deserve particular mention, including the only stone toilet seat from Roman Britain, and a collection of rounded stones, defensive missiles for the Fort. The Industry Gallery has artefacts associated with local coalmining, including a series of safety lamps, and shipbuilding. The shipbuilding displays include several ship models such as the Carpathia, and a champagne launcher from Swan Hunter shipyard.

Collection details

Archaeology

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Workers at the Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Company repairing torpedo damage to the troop transport ss Huntsend in 1917

Coal, Ships and Zeppelins: North Tyneside in the First World War

  • 31 July 2014 — 26 April 2015 *on now

Ships had to be built, engined and repaired if the war was to be won, and the shipyards and engine works of North Tyneside rose to the challenge. But both shipyard and coal mine also had to overcome labour shortages as many of their best workers rushed to join up and fight the enemy. This thought-provoking exhibition uses ship models and other museum collections together with photographs, documents and film to tell the story of the people of North Tyneside. The exhibition also features the remains of an incendiary bomb dropped on Wallsend during the Zeppelin raid of April 14th 1915.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £5.50
Concessions (over 60 years and students with a valid student card) £3.50
Children free (16 years & under)

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Workers at the Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Company repairing torpedo damage to the troop transport ss Huntsend, 1917

Coal, Ships and Zeppelins: North Tyneside in the First World War - Exhibition Tour

  • 20 November 2014 1-2pm

Join Curator Ian Whitehead to discover what life was like in North Tyneside during the First World War.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2

World War I Craft Workshops

  • 2 October 2014 9:30am-12:30pm *on now
  • 16 October 2014 9:30am-12:30pm
  • 6 November 2014 9:30am-12:30pm
  • 20 November 2014 9:30am-12:30pm
  • 4 December 2014 9:30am-12:30pm

Craft tutors from North Tyneside Adult Learning Alliance are holding workshops at Segedunum as part of the Wor Life programme. At each session participants will create a craft using traditional techniques and inspired by the war, such as felting, crocheting, and proggy mat making.

Admission

£13.00 per session
£6.50 concession

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