Hadrian’s Wall

It sometimes seems that re-enactments follow me, rather than me seeking them out. In September 2015 I was in the Lake District and was cooking my evening meal when I caught the words “re-enactment” and “Hadrian’s Wall” on the television. It turned out that a 100+ strong group called Legio I Italica had arrived from Italy, and it was clear that being on “il Vallo di Adriano”, first at Birdoswald, was a hugely emotional moment for many of the participants. For the evening they transferred to the more remote Housestead fort where, after having left Rome in 40C heat, the sudden temperature drop provided a real sense of guarding the Empire’s Northern frontier.