First Summer Excursion | Saturday, 24th May 2014 | Carlisle and Maryport

The coach will leave from outside the Boyd Orr Building, University Avenue at 8.30 am.

After a short stop en-route our group will arrive at the Tullie House Museum, Carlisle by late morning. The Museum houses a permanent exhibition – The Roman Frontier: Stories beyond Hadrian’s Wall – and has a broad range of interpretive techniques throughout the Gallery to enable visitors to develop an understanding of life on a Roman Frontier.

Lunch will be in Carlisle (own arrangements) and in the early afternoon members will travel to Maryport for a tour of the Senhouse Museum, which is situated on the cliffs overlooking the Solway Firth and displays the largest group of Roman Military Altar Stones and inscriptions from any site in Britain, together with unique examples of Roman-British religious sculpture. Members will also be taken on a tour of this season’s excavation site. Archaeologists from Oxford will be involved in excavating a house plot, part of the civil settlement next to the Roam Fort.

There will be a short stop on the homeward journey and we should arrive back at the University at approximately 8.30pm. 


Second Summer Excursion | Saturday, 27th September | Bannockburn 

The coach will leave at 9am from outside the Boyd Orr Building, University Avenue. On arrival at the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre, a recently opened world-class visitor attraction marking the 700th Anniversary of the Battle, members will have the opportunity to experience mediaeval combat and learn about this crucial event in Scottish history through state-of-the-art 3D technology.

After lunch (own arrangements) Dr. Tony Pollard will lead us on a detailed tour of the battlefield. Tony from the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology has recently been involved in extensive archaeological excavation and research to establish the exact site of the Battle of Bannockburn.

We shall commence our return journey late afternoon arriving back at the University around 6pm.

*This will be a popular outing so please book and pay quickly to secure your place!*


Image of Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn by Dave