Tullie House has an internationally important collection of Roman inscriptions. Many of the inscriptions refer to sites along Hadrian’s Wall and are part of the backbone of dating evidence for the Roman northern frontier. They provide a wealth of information about the troops stationed on the Wall, the names of the forts, the gods that were worshipped, and the names of the units that actually built the Wall. This is augmented by tombstones and altars from Carlisle and other places in Cumbria such as the Roman fort at Brougham.


In addition there is a large collection of roman sculpture. This is mainly religious, and includes a large figure of Fortuna that was found at Birdoswald, as well as smaller figures that include classical as well as non-Roman deities.