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The Health Secretary has set out the next steps in the fight against Coronavirus. See the press conference at Youtube: Coronavirus press conference (19 January 2022).

Binchester Roman Fort

Binchester Roman Fort, near Bishop Auckland, is participating in a year long festival to celebrate the 1900th anniversary of the building of Hadrian's Wall - starting on Hadrian's birthday on 23 January 2022.  Join in online activities. Download Icon for pdf Binchester and Hadrian’s Wall: Life during Roman rule experienced through the lens of archaeology (PDF, 3.8mb) , see a virtual tour at Virtual Tour of Binchester Roman Fort and Auckland Castle Excavations, listen to a recorded Q&A with archaeologist David Mason at Bishop FM: Roman County Durham Q&A or request a copy of our Roman Challenge activity pack by emailing us at