Hadrian's Cavalry: Shock and awe – the power of the Roman cavalryman’s mask

A Hadrian's Cavalry exhibition



Until Sunday 10 September

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During museum opening hours


Hadrian's Wall gallery


Donations welcome (free entry). Drop in, no booking required.


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.

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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

For the very first time, two bronze Ribchester-style Helmets are being displayed together, including the British Museum's famous Ribchester Helmet, found in 1796 and dating from the turn of the 2nd century AD.

Hadrian’s Cavalry is funded primarily through Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund and managed by a partnership of heritage organisations from across Hadrian’s Wall.

To find out about exhibitions and events at other venues, please visit the Hadrian's Cavalry website.


Arts Council England