The Tullie House Youth Panel - THe Youth Panel - are a group of young people between the ages of 14 and 21. They meet at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery to get involved with museum projects, see behind the scenes, visit other museums, and develop new skills to enhance their CVs. They make a valuable contribution and inject a youth voice to the museum’s events and exhibitions programme.
A bumper year
2017 saw the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian becoming Emperor, the 30th anniversary of UNESCO’s designation of the Roman Wall as a World Heritage Site, and the Hadrian's Cavalry wall-wide exhibition.
The group were particularly interested in learning more about the lives of the Roman Cavalry who occupied the wall, as well as exploring the contemporary topic of modern-day frontiers and barriers.
To explore their interests THe Youth Panel:
- walked the final stage of Mark Richards’ ‘Hadrian’s Highway’
- visited Hadrian’s Cavalry exhibitions
- took part in activities and discussions
Find out what they got up to in the following extracts from their diaries:
Conflicts and borders
"I was interested in researching modern day frontiers because I like learning about history, but mainly because I find it very interesting to compare the old and new conflicts, and borders to see how we have changed and how some things have stayed the same.
I personally enjoyed learning about walls around the world and how they are like Hadrian’s wall. I also developed my own opinion on walls. Walls can be bad – separating families and causing distance between people, but they can also prevent conflict and loss of life. " - Leon
The past, perspectives and perceptions
"The Crosby Garret helmet was the most interesting artefact I saw, because of its beauty and its difference from anything I have ever seen before. It links so many aspects of Roman Culture and Imperial power in a single object.
Walking Hadrian’s wall was a great continuation of the Living Wall research project in which The Youth Panel discussed public perceptions on peace and barriers through time." - Marcie
Khrushchev and Hadrian
"The resemblance Hadrian’s wall has to modern day walls is uncanny. Both the repressive, unjust Berlin wall and historic Hadrian’s wall have something in common; both restricted the movement and freedom of people.
Just as Khrushchev restricted each Berliners going to west Berlin, Hadrian restricted movement in Great Britain." - Josh
Walking the walk
"We walked 8.7 miles (!!!!) to Vindolanda, and on arrival we were given a brilliant talk about Hadrian’s wall by Mark Richards. We then explored the museum, looked at the artefacts and excavation site and then caught the bus back to our hostel. It was a very long, but enjoyable day!
On our final day, we walked to Housesteads roman fort, via Sycamore gap. The weather was fantastic on the last day which made the walking a lot easier!" - Molly
Understanding the past
"The most interesting thing I saw was the reconstruction of the West Gate at Arbeia and the replica wall at Segedunum. They helped me understand the scale of the wall.
I think it’s important for historical artefacts to be preserved because it helps people understand how people in the past lived." - Jake
"As part of this project, we created artwork to help us achieve our Bronze Arts Award. Here is some of the work we produced…" - Ashby
"I wanted to challenge myself by drawing a Cavalry man on a horse. I think it turned out quite well! - Ruby, 14"
"We had a go at doing some comic style art, and the artist Jim Medway helped turn our Roman Residential trip into a comic!" - Josh
You can read more about this in Cavalry Comics.
"My lino cut and my lino print. I figured there may be a few mice living around the barracks!" - Adam
Suminagashi Marbling printing
"This ancient Japanese technique involves using a barrier to repel the ink to create your design. I really enjoyed this!" - Ruby
"The Romans used ceramics to make pottery and floor tiles, so we wanted to use the same materials they used. It was interesting to use clay, because clay is what preserved so many of the objects that were on display in the museums.
We thought we would have a go at preserving something in clay ourselves! We used plants and herbs to make impressions which turned out beautifully!" - Ashby
Want more art inspiration?
Check out the Diary of a Hadrian's Cavalry artist.