April 23 2014 Latest news:
Friday, January 24, 2014
More than 160 pieces from the British Museum, capturing the life of the Roman Empire, are due to go on show next week at a unique exhibition in Norwich.
Entitled Roman Empire: Power and People, the event at the Castle Museum encompasses sculptures, coins, jewellery and even near perfectly preserved children’s clothing.
The castle is just one of six venues which will be hosting the exhibition - the UK’s largest ever display of Roman artefacts on loan from the London-based Museum.
Chief curator, John Davies, is a Roman specialist and said it took more than three years to prepare this event.
He said: “This is a very special Roman exhibition. It’s not just normal British material, it’s stuff from right the way across the Roman world.”
The exhibition looks at the wealth, power and organisation of the Empire and also how the Romans viewed their provinces and other peoples, from northern Britain to Egypt and the Middle East.
Highlights include sculpture from the villas of the Emperors Tiberius and Hadrian, coins from the Hoxne treasure and a 2,000-year-old child’s sock. There will also be artefacts from the Castle’s own collections, including some religious objects from Great Walsingham, glass and pewter vessels from Hockwold and Roman jewellery.
The exhibition has been developed in partnership between Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives and the British Museum and will open next Saturday and run till April 27.