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Hadrian’s Wall Cavalry 2017

Hadrian’s Wall Cavalry 2017


Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site will host a major new exhibition in 2017 celebrating the cavalry regiments that once guarded this famous North West frontier of the mighty Roman Empire.

Taking place from Saturday 8 April to Sunday 10 September 2017, Hadrian's Cavalry explores the role and daily life of the Roman army's cavalry forces in a unique wall-wide exhibition that stretches the full 150 miles of the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site area - from Maryport in the west to South Shields in the east.

The six month exhibition is a once in a lifetime opportunity for visitors to explore the role and daily life of the cavalry forces of the Roman army. The exhibition features a range of remarkable and finely decorated Roman cavalry objects - including cavalry helmets and ornate armour - as well as a series of re-enactment events at attractions across the 150 mile long World Heritage Site.

The exhibition will bring together a unique group of Roman cavalry objects including ornate helmets, armour and weapons on loan from national and international museums, which will be shown alongside objects from museums across the Wall. The national and international museums include the British Museum, National Museums Scotland, the Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins (France), Archaologisches Landesmuseum Baden-Wurttemberg / Limes Museum, Aalen, the Archaeological State Collection, Munich, the Landesmuseum Wurttemberg, Stuttgart (Germany).

The following attractions along Hadrian's Wall World Heritage site are taking part:

Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum / Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum / Great North Museum: Hancock / Corbridge Roman Town and Museum / Chesters Roman Fort and Museum / Housesteads Roman Fort and Museum / Roman Vindolanda / Roman Army Museum / The Roman Frontier Gallery (Tullie Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle) / Senhouse Roman Museum

The Roman Frontier Gallery at Tullie House will be home to a major part of the exhibition, entitled "Guardians on the edge of empire - cavalry bases and Roman power".

Cavalry were ideal troops for the Roman Empire's land frontiers, projecting Imperial power beyond the frontier and policing Imperial territory inside the frontier. Auxiliary cavalry regiments occupied key locations along Hadrian's Wall and Stanwix near Carlisle was home to the largest auxiliary unit in Britain.

Visitors to the Hadrian's Cavalry exhibition at Tullie House Museum will find a stunning collection of richly decorated helmets and other equipment which illustrate the role and power of cavalry forces along the Roman frontiers. Fascinating finds from Tullie House's own archaeology collection and loans from international museums will highlight how the Cavalry was organised and the crucial role it played in Carlisle, across the wall and throughout the whole Roman Empire. Interactive exhibits and an immersive film display exploring the role of Hadrian's Cavalry will provide an engaging experience for all the family.

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Group benefits include free admission and meal in our Garden Restaurant for your travel leader and/or coach driver. Group rates: £4.50pp (min group size 10). Curatorial talk £2.00pp extra.


Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery

01228 618718


Castle Street,


By car or coach enter the city following the M symbol until this brings you to Hardwicke Circus roundabout. Take the exit signed A595 Workington. Keeping in the outside lane of the dual carriageway, drive past Tullie House, which will be on your left.

Go straight on at the traffic lights, keep in the right hand lane. When you reach the roundabout at McVities factory double back on yourself and drive back along the other side of the dual carriageway keeping in the inside lane. Go straight across at the traffic lights and turn left at the sign for Devonshire Walk car park. Tullie House can be reached by using either the footbridge or the underground walkway situated just in front of the castle.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Carlisle station

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