Romans are heading back to Wallsend

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One of the largest exhibitions of Roman artefacts is heading to the borough.

Wallsend’s Segedunum Roman Fort will host the exhibition on loan from the British Museum from May 30 to September 13.

Hosting the largest British Museum touring exhibition about the Roman Empire at what was once the edge of the Roman frontier is particularly special for us in the north east

Iain Watson, director of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Roman Empire: Power & People brings together more than 160 pieces from the British Museum to explore the story of one of the most powerful empires ever seen.

Iain Watson, director of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, said: “Hosting the largest British Museum touring exhibition about the Roman Empire at what was once the edge of the Roman frontier is particularly special for us in the north east.

“We’re looking forward to bringing this world-class exhibition to the area.”

The exhibition explores the wealth, power and organisation of the Empire, but also how the Romans viewed their provinces and other peoples.

Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, said: “Following the huge success of the British Museum’s major exhibition ‘Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum’ it is clear that the Roman world continues to fascinate and surprise us.

“I am delighted to collaborate with Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives on this exhibition that explores the wider Roman Empire in relation to the British Isles and that it will be seen in so many regions of the UK.”

Religious, military and personal objects give an insight into the lives of people across the Empire, from northern Britain to Egypt and the Middle East.

These fascinating objects show how the influences of the many people and places that the Romans came into contact with were absorbed and adapted into the Empire.