Frontier Fashion: Glass Bangles of the Roman North
October 12 2017 – January 3 2018

Archaeologist Tatiana Ivleva explores Roman glass bangles on both sides of Hadrian's Wall in this new display.

This new display focuses on Newcastle University archaeologist Tatiana Ivleva's research on Roman glass bangles in Britain.


Free entry (donations welcome)

The exhibition puts a peculiar artefact from Roman Britain into the spotlight: a glass bangle, seamless ring-shaped adornment made of coloured glass. It examines the arrival of glass bangle technology in Britain and their popularity in the frontier region of the province, and discusses the various functions bangles may have had. The exhibition includes also real-size reconstructions of the glass bangles, made in collaboration with National Glass Centre in Sunderland and glass artist Connor Garton. Of particular interest are 3D reconstructions of complete glass bangles from two small fragments from Vindolanda Roman Fort and Corbridge Roman town. A highlight is a short film on how to manufacture a seamless glass bracelet. 

The exhibition is part of a project that have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 657309 in the framework Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions. More information about the project can be found at www.romanglassbangles.com


A History of the World in 100 Objects

A 100 part series on Radio 4 and online, by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, exploring world history from two million years ago to the present - see the 100 objects at the British Museum as part of their permanent exhibitions - www.britishmuseum.org

Roman Frontier Gallery

'The Roman Frontier: Stories beyond Hadrian's Wall ' gallery is a permanent exhibition which showcases Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery’s significant Roman collections, along with items on loan from the British Museum. It opened in June 2011.

A broad range of interpretative techniques have been employed throughout the gallery including mixed-media displays and experience-based interactive exhibits aimed at local, national and international visitors.

The Living Wall area is a place where visitors can engage with ideas and stories, participate in dialogue with other visitors and the museum and develop an understanding from more contemporary examples about life on a frontier. - www.tulliehouse.co.uk/roman-frontier-gallery

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