Hadrians Cavalry

Hadrian's Cavalry 2017

Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site will host a major new exhibition in 2017 celebrating the cavalry regiments that once guarded this famous North West frontier of the mighty Roman Empire.

Taking place from Saturday 8 April to Sunday 10 September 2017, Hadrian’s Cavalry explores the role and daily life of the Roman army’s cavalry forces in a unique wall-wide exhibition that stretches the full 150 miles of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site area – from Maryport in the west to South Shields in the east.

The six month exhibition is a once in a lifetime opportunity for visitors to explore the role and daily life of the cavalry forces of the Roman army. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to admire a unique range of remarkable and finely decorated Roman cavalry objects including ornate helmets, armour and weapons on loan from national and international museums, which will be shown alongside objects from museums across the Wall.

Spectacular re-enactment events at attractions across Wall will also form part of Hadrian’s Cavalry exhibition. From July 2017, a specially commissioned piece of contemporary art celebrating the cavalry site will be on display at English Heritage’s Chesters Roman Fort and Museum.

The national and international museums include the British Museum, National Museums Scotland, the Musee d’Art Classique de Mougins (France), Archäologisches Landesmuseum Baden-Württemberg / Limes Museum, Aalen, the Archaeological State Collection, Munich, the Landesmuseum Württemberg, Stuttgart (Germany).

Where will it take place?

The following attractions along Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage site are taking part:

Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum | Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum | Great North Museum: Hancock | Corbridge Roman Town and Museum | Chesters Roman Fort and Museum | Housesteads Roman Fort and Museum | Roman Vindolanda | Roman Army Museum | The Roman Frontier Gallery (Tullie Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle) | Senhouse Roman Museum

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