TELEVISION historian Dan Snow has visited a Roman site in the North East as part of a new BBC series exploring some of Britain’s most fascinating historical locations.
He was joined by One Show presenter Michael Douglas as they filmed at Housesteads Roman Fort near Bardon Mill, in Northumberland, for a new five-part history series called National Treasures Live.
The presenters filmed scenes at the dramatic hill top fort for an episode dedicated to the Romans in Britain that will be shown in August as part of a special history road trip feature for the series.
As well as visiting Housesteads, the presenters also filmed scenes along other parts of Hadrian’s Wall at Winshields and Cawfields.
Dan said: “Housesteads Roman Fort is arguably one of the most interesting and picturesque sites along Hadrian’s Wall.
And, as a World Heritage site steeped in Roman history, it made perfect sense for us to include it within the episode dedicated to Romans. We look forward to the show being broadcast and hopefully viewers at home will be able to take away as much from the series as both Michael and myself have and visit Housesteads Roman Fort for themselves.”
Presented by Dan Snow and Sian Williams, National Treasures Live will be broadcast at historical locations across the summer as part of a series giving viewers unique access to some of Britain’s most exciting venues, including restorations, digs and heritage sites.
The series, which is part of BBC learning campaign Hands on History, will see the presenters joined by a team of regular reporters and history enthusiasts as well as a host of well-known celebrities, to reveal some of the country’s most mysterious, surprising and compelling stories.
Among the celebrities who will take part will be Sheila Hancock, Masterchef presenter Gregg Wallace, Ruby Wax and Lenny Henry.
A team of experts including BBC presenter Joe Crowley, forensic historian Xanthe Mallett, social historian Ruth Goodman and Lucy Worsley, chief curator of Historic Royal Palaces, will also be involved.