Operation Jericho: Important info for Nervians attending

Important information for volunteers taking part in  Operation Jericho


Dear all

With Jericho only a few days away, we’re publishing the following documents for your information and for your use.  Some are required for our administration purposes, others to help make your stay with us run smoothly, and at least one is just for fun.

We would ask all volunteers to download these files, print the ones we recommend printing and bringing, and reading the others.

They are all listed  and available in the right hand side bar of this page as PDFs, or, if you are on a mobile or tablet, you may have to scroll down to find the PDFs at the bottom.

Many thanks to you all.


Jericho:  Operations Guide

This document sets out how we intend to run Operation Jericho.  The aim is to ensure that both Epiacum Trustees and volunteers have the same idea of what we are trying to achieve, how we are hoping to do it and how the camp will operate.  It covers everything from why the wall needs to come down, to camp smoking policy.  Please do read this.

Registration Form

All volunteers are required to formally register and agree terms.  Please print, fill in, sign and bring with you.

Emergency Contact Details

We need the name, address and contact details of two people whom we can contact in the event of an emergency.  Please ensure that you have their consent for you to give their details to us.  These details will only be held for the duration of your participation in Operation Jericho.  Please print, fill in, sign and bring this with you.

Photo Consent Form

Obviously we’d like to promote the project on our website and through social and other media using photographs, video and such like.  Please print, fill in, sign and bring with you so we know whether or not we can use your mug shot!

Kit list

This is a suggested list of useful items to bring with you whether you’re camping or just coming for a day.  Please remember that all volunteers working on the wall MUST have steel toe-capped safety footwear.  We’d also like to point out that the stone on the wall can be sharp – gloves recommended – and if you’re working for a few days your waterproofs/clothes may take damage.  Please read.

Manual Lifting Summary

This is important for everyone taking part, but especially for those working on the wall.  Instruction will be given to all volunteers on arrival.  This document is intended as an introduction to the key risks and techniques to alleviate them.  Please read.

Sixteen Tons

We need to shift around 16 tons of stone a day which lends itself to a work song and keeping morale high!  Here are the lyrics!  Please learn off by heart!

First Aiders

Can we also ask all of you with First Aid qualifications to bring evidence of those qualifications and to ensure they are still in date.  We cannot work without adequate First Aid cover so very many thanks to you all!


If you’re able to print out and fill in forms in advance that would be great.  If you’re on a dig in the Orkneys or if your printer has died at an inconvenient moment (as they do, being the work of the Devil!) then fear not – we have blank forms.  However, it would greatly help our admin if you can be prepared and bring some completed forms with you.  After all, we’re sure you’d be rather out on site having fun and doing your thing, than filling in forms in the office!

Jericho is GO!  Thanks to all you wonderful people, donors, contributors and supporters, we are going to give this a go.  THE WALL MUST FALL.

You can meet some of your fellow volunteers here and join in the craic:


(ask to join and Elaine will be kind)

and you can get your exclusive Jericho T-Shirt here (until 5pm, Wed 29th August)

Limited Edition Second Nervian T-Shirts – Op Jericho

It only remains to say a HUGE thank you to you all.

Look forward to meeting you!


Many thanks


Dale van Sylvan (Epiacum Heritage)



Many individuals and organisations are involved with the management of Epiacum. We would particularly like to thank the following: Heritage Lottery Fund, North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership, Historic England, and Natural England