A digital story about a visit to Walltown on Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland./ This is part of a project JISC Netskills is working on with the National Park Authority to create mobile sites for some of it's key locatkions round the park.

The music is by Rho, taken from the Vimeo Music Store and is credited at the end of the video. Images are by Chris Thomson and Hanna Miettinen.


My usual place of work is behind a desk. So how come my office today is a picturesque spot in rural Northumberland?
And why am I wearing hiking boots?

Our guide is Yvonne who works for the National Park and she’s brought us here to inspire us.

She’s proud of Walltown.

I’ve never been here before. I don’t know what to expect. Thankfully, it’s warm for early spring.

Simon and I work at Newcastle University and we’re helping the National Park Authority with their plans to use mobile technology, like the smartphone you might be holding right now.

But first we need to explore. We need to get a feel for Walltown
I’m amazed how much there is here;
• the remains of the old quarry
• ponds coming to life as Winter finally passes
• Fossil sea creatures
• The dramatic geology
• And the preserved remains of the Roman Wall

It’s when we’re standing by Hadrian’s Wall, looking out at the rugged country to the north that I get really excited about working on this project and getting to know Northumberland better.

Simon and I have loads of ideas bouncing round our heads.

As we head back towards the cars Yvonne suggests we take a quick detour to Thirlwall Castle down in the valley. It’s not far she says.

I’m looking at my watch. I have phonecalls to make and my desk is calling me.

But…oh, go on then. Just a quick look.

And we’re off again.

The desk can wait.

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