Design Histories

Wood of the Well

Chesters Roman Fort & Museum, Northumberland
Sept 21 - Augus 2022

Coventina’s Well was a Roman shrine at Carrawburgh, on Hadrian’s Wall. When it was excavated in 1876, the well was found to be full of material dedicated to a then-unknown goddess, Coventina. Inspired by artefacts from the site and informed by the techniques of Roman woodworking, the Wood of The Well project created a collection of wooden objects that speculate about what might be missing from the well’s archaeological record. The work was exhibited alongside the real finds from Coventina’s Well, at the English Heritage Chesters Roman Fort and Museum, from September 2021 – August 2022.

Design Histories Working Group