New Hadrian’s Wall School Learning Resource Online

A new schools’ learning resource for Hadrian’s Wall, developed as part of the Wall Face project, is now available online.

It features Senhouse Roman Museum in Maryport, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle, Birdoswald Roman Fort, the Roman Army Museum at Greenhead, Roman Vindolanda, Housesteads Roman Fort, Chesters Roman Fort, Corbridge Roman Town, the Great North Museum in Newcastle, Segedunum Roman Fort in Wallsend and Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields.

Work on the learning resource began last year alongside the Wall Face exhibition across these 11 Roman attractions. The exhibition featured portraits from the National Portrait Gallery of pioneering archaeologists and antiquarians who recorded, protected and revealed the stories of the Hadrian's Wall frontier.

The £124,000 Wall Face project was organised jointly through a partnership of heritage organisations across the Wall - Vindolanda Trust, English Heritage, National Trust, Senhouse Museum Trust, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust and the Hadrian’s Wall Trust. It has been funded through Arts Council England’s Renaissance strategic support programme.

Wall Face education consultant Yvonne Conchie said: “There are so many learning opportunities for all ages which can be based around Hadrian’s Wall.

“Romans are the usual subject studied on Hadrian’s Wall by schools, but we want to encourage teachers to remember that learning right across the curriculum and age ranges can be illuminated by Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site.

“For the Wall Face resource we’ve focussed on the Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14) art and design curriculum.

“Children are encouraged to consider their own identity and legacy by studying the people in the National Portrait Gallery Wall Face images and how they influenced our heritage and demonstrated the need for conservation.”

The resource is designed to be used in the classroom and encourages visits to the Roman sites. It can be adapted to suit different age ranges.

Topics look at understanding the meanings and legacies people have sought to convey through choosing what to include in their portraits. This uses images of the archaeologists and antiquarians featured in the Wall Face exhibition and Roman objects such as clay and stone sculptures, paintings, tombstones and coins. Topics also help the children critically evaluate the work of modern, historic and ancient artists, and use their learning to create modern-day portraits of their own.

The Wall Face learning resource is at:

30 Mar 2015