Shock and awe – the power of the Roman cavalryman’s mask
Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE2 4PT

Shock and awe – the power of the Roman cavalryman’s mask

A cavalry trooper projected a powerful image. Their appearance reflected the power of the Roman Empire as well as the man behind the mask.

Visitors to Great North Museum: Hancock will be blown away by the splendour of two rare Roman helmets on display for the first time as one striking collection. See first-hand the dramatic headwear worn as part of the Roman’s competitive games. Visitors will be struck by the grandeur of a highly decorated shield also on display. Symbolising power and prestige, the cavalrymen’s armour not only protected troops in battle but ensured they were a spectacular and imposing sight sweeping across the Empire.

Continue your visit at Great North Museum: Hancock and explore the story of the Wall and the people who lived alongside it through the museum’s world-class collections. Examine the different key sites along Hadrian’s Wall with an impressive scale model of the Wall running the full length of the gallery. You can explore the individual stories of people from across the Empire who made Hadrian’s Wall their home, their names and careers revealed through inscriptions on altars and other sculpture.

Hadrian’s Cavalry exhibition

Estimated visit time: 2 ½ hours

Event dates: 
8 Apr 2017 to 10 Sep 2017
Opening details: 
Exhibition available during museum open hours.
Pricing details: 
Free entry, donations welcome. No booking required.
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To celebrate 30 years of World Hertiage Status, we've put together a list of 30 things to see and do around Hadrian's Wall.

The main funder of Hadrian's Cavalry is the Arts Council England's Museum Resilience Fund.

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