Last chance to see a Roman exhibition

Visitor Toby Heaps in the Roman Empire exhibtion at Segedunum. Picture by Colin Davison.
Visitor Toby Heaps in the Roman Empire exhibtion at Segedunum. Picture by Colin Davison.

Visitors are being reminded that a Roman exhibition is to end this weekend.

The British Museum’s Roman Empire: Power & People exhibition tour currently on show at Segedunum Roman Fort in Wallsend ends on Sunday, September 13.

More than 15,000 people have seen the exhibition which showcases evocative objects such as sculpture from the villas of the Emperors Tiberius and Hadrian, coins from the famous Hoxne treasure, jewellery and near-perfectly preserved children’s clothing from Roman Egypt.

Geoff Woodward, manager of North Tyneside Museums, said: “This year has been tremendous for us at Segedunum; to host an exhibition of such calibre has been exhilarating.”

“We’re very pleased that so many people have been to see it. We’d recommend anyone who hasn’t managed to see it yet to try and visit since we’re the last stop on the tour.

“A particular favourite object amongst visitors has been the child’s knitted stripy sock, still intact and looking like it was created yesterday.”

The largest ever UK exhibition of Roman artefacts on loan from the British Museum, it is the only time it has ever been displayed at an authentic Roman site.

And as the very last stop on the tour, it is the last time anyone in the UK will have the chance to see it.

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

The co-curator of the exhibition is Susan Raikes, head of learning, volunteers and audiences at the British Museum.

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

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.

Segedunum is currently open Monday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Entry to the museum is £5.95 for adults, £3.95 for concessions and kids under 16 go free.