What's on

Ten heritage attractions across the length of Hadrian’s Wall are taking part in Hadrian’s Cavalry exhibition from 8 April – 10 September 2017. Visitors to each venue will be able to explore a different aspect of this unique exhibition and see first hand the exceptional group of Roman cavalry objects including ornate helmets, armour and weapons on loan from national and international museums, showcased alongside objects from museums across the Wall. Find out what you will be able to see at each venue and the spectacular events taking place during Hadrian's Cavalry:

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Hadrian's Cavalry Exhibition at Arbeia Roman Fort.
8 Apr 2017 to 10 Sep 2017

Our understanding of the Roman cavalry across the frontier is regularly transformed by new discoveries.

Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum, Baring Street, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE33 2BB
0191 277 1410
Hadrian's Cavalry exhibition. Butzbach Helmet © Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins (MACM)
8 Apr 2017 to 10 Sep 2017

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 fi

Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum, Buddle Street, Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, NE28 6HR
0191 278 4217
Hadrian's Cavalry Exhibition. Ribchester Type Helmet ® Private Loan
8 Apr 2017 to 10 Sep 2017

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

Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE2 4PT
0191 208 6765
Art and the Roman horse - the status and role of the horse in the Roman world.
8 Apr 2017 to 10 Sep 2017

Ancient imagery reveals horses as essential components of the Roman world.

Corbridge Roman Town and Museum, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5NT
01434 632349
Hadrian's Cavalry Exhibition at Chesters Roman Fort.
8 Apr 2017 to 10 Sep 2017

In the tranquillity of the Chesters landscape, imagine a bustling, noisy, smelly fort filled with 500 horses.

Chesters Roman Fort and Museum, Chollerford, Northumberland, NE46 4EU
01434 681379
Hadrian's Cavalry Exhibition at Housesteads Roman Fort.
8 Apr 2017 to 10 Sep 2017

Thirty horsemen thunder towards you brandishing spears, their extraordinary helmets glittering in the sun. Will you stand your ground?

Housesteads Roman Fort and Museum, Haydon Bridge, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 6NN
01434 344363
Hadrian's Cavalry exhibition. Minerva Chamfron © Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins (MACM)
8 Apr 2017 to 10 Sep 2017

We know a lot about the Roman cavalry at Vindolanda from the objects found here. Vindolanda has produced a wealth of archaeological material that is uniquely well-preserved.

Roman Vindolanda, Chesterholm Museum, Bardon Mill, Northumberland, NE47 7JN
01434 344277
Hadrian's Cavalry Exhibition at Roman Army Museum.
8 Apr 2017 to 10 Sep 2017

Roman cavalry were an essential component of the Roman Army. They were famously fast and deadly on the battlefield.

Roman Army Museum, Bardon Mill, Northumberland, NE47 7JN
01697 747485
Hadrian's Cavalry exhibition. Butzbach Helmet © Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins (MACM)
8 Apr 2017 to 10 Sep 2017

Cavalry were ideal troops for the Roman Empire’s land frontiers, projecting imperial power beyond the frontier and policing imperial territory inside the frontier.

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Castle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP
01228 618718
Hadrian's Cavalry Exhibition at Senhouse
8 Apr 2017 to 10 Sep 2017

The Hadrian's Cavalry exhibition at Senhouse Roman Museum will focus on goddess Epona, protector of cavalry, whose cult was amongst the many legacies brought to the frontier zone by Roman Army cava

Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport, Cumbria, CA15 6JD
01900 816168
Hadrian's Cavalry Turma
1 Jul 2017 to 2 Jul 2017

On Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July, one of the largest Roman cavalry re-enactments ever seen in the UK will take place throughout the day at Bitts Park in Carlisle as part of Hadrian’s Cavalry.

Hadrian's Cavalry Exhibition
15 Jul 2017 to 16 Jul 2017

Meet fast-paced cavalry warriors with their unique and ancient weapons, witness awe-inspiring drills and little Roman soldiers can even have a go at becoming a mighty horse in our chariot racing!

Chollerford, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 4EU
21 Jul 2017

We’ll be opening up the museum after hours for families to sleep over. You’ll take part in craft activities, a behind the scenes tour and much more over a fun packed evening.

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Castle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP
01228 618718
Hadrian's Cavalry Exhibition
22 Jul 2017 to 3 Sep 2017

Join our Roman soldier and enroll in his army this summer in the grounds of this ancient Roman Fort. Little soldiers can take part in a variety of hands on activities from games to drills. 

Gilsland, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 7DD
29 Jul 2017 to 30 Jul 2017

We’ll be staging a Roman takeover of the WHOLE museum in this jam packed family festival.

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Castle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP
01228 618718

Places to visit

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