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, in fact cooking my evening meal when I caught the words “re-enactment” and “Hadrian’s Wall” on the television. A 100+ strong group called Legio I Italica had come from Italy for an event that weekend. Being on “il Vallo di Adriano” seemed a hugely emotional moment for many of the participants. Initially at Birdoswald, in the evening they transferred to the more remote Housestead fort where, after having left Rome in 40C heat, the sudden temperature drop gave them a real sense of guarding the Empire’s Northern frontier.