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 and most prestogious 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.
Estimated visit time: 2 ½ hours