At the end of June the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents sent a detachment northwards to the Stanegate and to the Roman fort of Corbridge for the Practical Epigraphy Workshop 2015.
An international group of enthusiastic graduate and undergraduate students came together to learn and practice the essential skills of the study of inscriptions in the field using inscriptions from the museum's collection supplemented by one or two items that had been rediscovered very recently. Participants practiced the arts of recording epigraphic texts by drawing, photographing, and making squeezes. A field trip to Hexham supplemented the course with a demonstration of RTI in action in the Abbey's Saxon crypt. Most participants stayed on after the close of the course to visit other Roman sites in the area. These began with an excursion to the impressive collection of inscriptions at Chesters, and subsequently included a late-night stroll to the wall at Steel Rigg, a more bracing expedition to the Roman quarries and signalling tower above Vindolanda as well as the site itself, and a broad sweep of the western central section taking in the mile-castle at Poltross Burn and Roman Bridge at Willowford. The instructors were Charles Crowther and Roger Tomlin, the course directors Peter Haarer and Abigail Graham (Warwick), and vital support was provided back at the CSAD by Maggy Sasanow.
Plans are already well advanced for the next Practical Epigraphy Workshop which will be held at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford on 21-23 June 2016.