Some Roman cavalrymen were recruited from tribes elsewhere in the Empire famous for their horse skills, but all the new recruits to Hadrian’s Cavalry – and their horses – needed to be trained to fight as an effective army unit. Visitors to the exhibition at Segedunum Roman Fort will find weapons and armour that would have been used on a daily basis by the cavalry as well as those used for the spectacular public displays the cavalry put on to show off their skills. The cavalry saw themselves as an elite, and they liked to look the part. Learn how training and display of skills were an important part of the cavalry regime which helped to cement the cavalry as the elite troops of the auxiliary forces, more highly paid and more expensive to maintain.
Located at the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall (Wallsend!) the Roman fort at Segedunum is the most completely excavated fort on Hadrian’s Wall. Interactive displays explore the role of the cavalry and how they were recruited, and delve into the lives of some of the troops. Visitors are given the rare opportunity to examine a surviving CV from Tiberius Maximus – a celebrity amongst the Roman troops – which gives fascinating insight into the life of a cavalryman. Children and adults alike are invited to take part in day-to-day training schedules in this interactive and immersive exhibition.
Estimated visit time: 2 ½ hours