The Hadrian’s Wall Residential Study Centre at Birdoswald Roman Fort
HAZARD INFORMATION SHEET FOR EDUCATIONAL GROUPS
It is the responsibility of teachers and group leaders to complete their own risk
assessment prior to their visit. This is usually a requirement by local education
authorities. The following information is intended as a preparatory tool, and does
not replace a teacher’s or group leader’s own risk assessment. Please be aware that
conditions at historic sites may change rapidly during your visit, and that you will
need to remain alert at all times during your visit.
Dropping off point: from the east - in car park 150 metres from entrance – walk up
hill on a footpath, beside road. From the west, drop off point is opposite the
entrance to the site; cross the road to enter. Road and car park can be busy at
times. This dropping off point may also be used by coaches arriving from the east,
providing that the coach then returns to the car and coach park.
Entrance to the fort, exhibition and toilets: via the admission point in main entrance.
The shop and tea-room are also located in this building. Adjacent to this is the
exhibition which is on two floors and has staircases and a lift.
Access to the fort: via courtyards with occasional access for vehicles.
Moving around the fort: no set route or pathways. Ground within the fort is
undulating and grassed; this can be slippery and muddy during and after wet weather.
One kissing gate with disabled access. The viewpoint located just south of the fort is
unfenced; the steep drop beyond it is not immediately obvious.
Fort remains: the excavated area of the fort has gravelled pathways and uneven
stonework; this can be slippery when wet.
Picnics: picnic benches, for the use of both public and schools are located in the main
courtyard. There is also a grassed area by the west gateway that can be used for
Walk along to Harrow’s Scar milecastle and footbridge at Willowford: access is from
the visitor centre, via a path that briefly follows the road. The path can be muddy
and slippery. The viewpoint at the Milecastle is unfenced and the stonework uneven
and slippery when wet. The track to the footbridge continues down a steep slope;
the surface is uneven and has loose stones.
Guided tours: led by Birdoswald staff, around exhibition and fort area. Staff are
aware of the hazards and changing weather conditions which are passed on to group
leaders as they occur. Children remain the responsibility of the group leader at all
times during their visit.
Education sessions: variety of workshops led by Birdoswald staff, involving the use of
glue, scissors, stationary equipment etc. Toilets are located next to the education
room for use of members of the public and school groups.
Jefficus the Roman Soldier: carried out by re-enactor, not part of Birdoswald staff,
various hazards associated with replica weapons.
Other site hazards:
All the trees on site are inspected annually. However, storm damage can sometimes
affect the stability of apparently healthy tress and branches. Group leaders should be
particularly aware of this when undertaking their own risk assessments prior to a
Ongoing conservation or maintenance work on site may cause additional temporary
hazards. A member of the visitor operations team will advise you of these when you
make your planning visit and on the day of your group’s visit.