Hadrianic Society Weekends

 The 2017 Weekend

The 2017 weekend will run from the 24th to the 26th March 2015 at St Chads College University of Durham. As in previous years it will be followed by the Roman Army School which will run until the 28th March.

 The combined programme can be found by clicking here 

 The booking form can be downloaded by clicking here

 Booking forms for the RAS and for both events can be found by following the links on the Roman Army School page.

 Information for delegates can be found here, and Chads parking map here 

The 2016 Weekend


Hadrianic Society Weekend and Roman Army School 

The Hadrianic Society met at St Chad's College, Durham, on the weekend 8 - 10 April, overlapping as has been the recent pattern, with the Roman Army School which went on until Tuesday 12 April.  A fuller report of both will appear on the website at a later date and in print, but for those who were unable to attend, a brief synopsis follows. 

The first event was the AGM, at which Richard Bridgland chaired discussion of several important matters for the future of the society, including publications, publicity and potential talks/visits. Susan Porter was elected editor of the combined newsletter and bulletin. The remaining committee members agreed to serve for a further year and were re-elected

Saturday's trip to Vindolanda and South Shields was blessed with fine weather and pursued this year's theme of soldiers and society, looking at evidence for a non-military presence on the frontier.  This was followed after dinner by the first of the joint lectures with the RAS, which continued on Sunday morning to the combined audience until lunch, after which those not staying on took their leave. 

During the next two days we were privileged to hear a succession of expert speakers who presented some thought provoking and sometimes innovative ideas for us to consider on aspects of society and social life in the Roman world, leading to many questions and much discussion which remained both lively and good humoured and much appreciated by both audience and speakers. 

The last session combined a summing up, thanks, (both to and from speakers) and plans for the future.  Delegates left after lunch, with much food for thought from a most invigorating and satisfying programme.

Pictures from the weekend


 Val Speaks at Vindolanda


Arbeia outside the West Gate 


Arbeia Commanding Officer's Dining Room


 Arbeia Tombstone of Regina


Frank Brudenell, long time society member and past secretary, celebrated his 90th birthday on April 18th. Although too frail to travel to Durham for the past 3 years he maintains his keen interest in the society and in Roman military studies.

At a celebratory lunch he received a letter from the society chairman Richard Bridgland and a card signed by all those at the weekend and the RAS who knew him. A birthday cake decorated with the ground plan of a Roman fort featured at the lunch.

                                                                      Frank reads the society's card


                                                             The Birthday Cake!