Last chance to see Hadrians Cavalry exhibition along Hadrians Wall

There are just five weeks left to experience one of the biggest exhibitions of the year before it closes on Sunday 10 September.

Hadrian’s Cavalry, a unique exhibition spanning ten museum and heritage attractions across the entire length of Hadrian’s Wall, has been wowing audiences since it opened on 8 April.

Exploring the role and daily life of the Roman army’s cavalry forces, Hadrian’s Cavalry brings together a unique group of Roman cavalry objects including ornate helmets, armour and weapons on loan from national and international museums, shown alongside objects from museums across the Wall.

Bill Griffiths, head of programmes for Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and chair of the Hadrian’s Cavalry steering group, said: “This is the first time many of the objects have been displayed at Hadrian’s Wall. The Roman cavalry were known for their striking helmets and armour and we have some of the best examples in the world, including the beautiful Crosby Garrett helmet at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery.

“Since the exhibition opened in April we’ve welcomed visitors from across the world and staged one of the biggest Roman cavalry re-enactments ever seen in the UK; seen by more than 3,000 people.

“There’s still time to experience this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition and enjoy many of the events at the participating museums and heritage attractions.”

Visitors to Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum, Great North Museum: Hancock and Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum will be able to get up close and personal with riders from the Roman cavalry at three special events in August. ‘The Romans Ride Again’ sees troops from the infamous Hadrian’s Cavalry demonstrate their skills on horseback with mount and dismount gymnastics and skills of arms. The events take place on 5 & 6 August (Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum), 19 & 20 August (Great North Museum: Hancock) and 27 & 28 August (Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum).

Family craft events are also planned at Senhouse Roman Museum, Cumbria, throughout August. Design and make your own cavalry shield, horse puppet or harness pendant.

The Hadrian’s Cavalry exhibition continues until Sunday 10 September at the following ten museums and heritage attractions along the full 150 mile length of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site area:

  • Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum (South Shields)
  • Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum (Wallsend)
  • Great North Museum: Hancock (Newcastle upon Tyne)

English Heritage venues:

  • Corbridge Roman Town (Corbridge, Northumberland)
  • Chesters Roman Fort (Chollerford, Northumberland)
  • Housesteads Roman Fort (Haydon Bridge, Northumberland)
  • Roman Vindolanda (Bardon Mill, near Hexham)
  • Roman Army Museum (Greenhead, Northumberland)
  • Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery (Carlisle, Cumbria)
  • Senhouse Roman Museum (Maryport, Cumbria)

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(Image credit: Eric Marsh)