Lake District National Park Authority – Romans in Ravenglass

The project is a community based archaeological investigation focusing on understanding more about the Roman Heritage of Ravenglass, including the Fort, Bath House and Civilian Settlement (Vicus).

The work was to be carried out by volunteer groups including members of Muncaster Parish Council, Ravenglass Village Forum, Local History groups, Lake District National Park Archaeology Volunteer Service and wider volunteers within the Copeland area. An archaeological contractor was responsible for supervising the fieldwork and delivering training in fieldwork techniques.

Project Manager Holly Beavitt-Pike from LDNPA said “An additional programme of outreach was developed and delivered at local primary schools and open days. In order to promote this project to wider audience numerous events were also be held at various places across Cumbria – including The Beacon Museum in Whitehaven. An on-site interpretation panel and a leaflet will be produced as part of the project to promote the heritage at Ravenglass.

The Romans in Ravenglass archaeological project was a great opportunity to explore the extent of a previously unexcavated civilian settlement, a vicus. We knew about the Roman Bath House and the Roman Fort but little was known about the extent of the vicus.

Additional funding was provided by The Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic England.


Outputs

  • 1000 Visitors Attracted to Copeland
  • £70,000 Additional Funding drawn into the Area
  • 3 New/Improved Cultural Facilities
  • 960 New Volunteering Opportunities
  • 120 Local People Assisted in their Skills Development
  • 480 Local People with Access to Community Sport/Health/Cultural Opportunities

Outcomes

  • The community will be provided with new information on the Roman remains at Ravenglass.
  • The community are to be trained in archaeological skills and techniques.
  • All members and age groups of the community are to be educated about the importance of the Roman Heritage at Ravenglass.
  • The archaeological contactor will be required to produce a comprehensive and well-illustrated report that brings together and presents the results of the investigations. This will be published in the CWAAS transaction and other academic publications. The report will be used to aid new interpretive materials such as a leaflets and on-site interpretation.