Hadrian's Cavalry

Date:  8th April 2017 - 10th September 2017

2017 marks the 1,900th anniversary of Hadrian becoming Emperor. In this special year, sites across Hadrian’s Wall will host spectacular events and remarkable exhibitions from Maryport in the west to South Shields in the east.

At Tullie House discover how the Cavalry was organised and the crucial role it played in Carlisle, across the wall and throughout the whole Roman Empire.  Visitors will have a rare opportunity to see a stunning collection of cavalry equipment and richly decorated helmets, including the Crosby Garrett Helmet, found in Cumbria.

Interactive activities and an immersive film display bring the story of the Hadrian's Cavalry to life for visitors of all ages.

The exhibition also features an artistic response from members of the Making Space Art Group, who worked with artist Karen McDougall.

Tickets: £3.30* Adults | £2 Children

*Includes gift aid.

Other Cavalry related events taking place at Tullie House include:

Hadrian's Cavalry Exhibition Gallery Tours

​Sunday 16 July - 2pm | Thursday 27 July - 11am

Join exhibition curator Tim Padley for a guided tour of 'Guardians on the Edge of Empire - Cavalry Bases and Roman Power.'  Learn more about the life of a Cavalryman and the stunning collection of objects on display.

Tickets: £6 (£5 concessions | Members FREE) includes admission to the exhibition.


Hadrian's Cavalry: Day of Talks

Saturday 2 September - 1pm until 5pm

Tickets: £15 (£12 Members / Concessions).  Ticket includes admission to the exhibition, all talks and afternoon tea.

Join a line up of expert speakers for a fascinating day of talks exploring the importance and role of Roman cavalry in Carlisle, along the wall and across the Empire.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Jon Coulston, lecturer in Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of St Andrews in Scotland discussing 'What was cavalry good for? The uses and capabilities of cavalry in Roman imperial armies.'

  • Author and archaeologist Mike Bishop will discuss ‘Equipping the Roman Cavalry’ by investigating material and documentary finds from Hadrian’s Wall and associated cavalry sites.   

  • Dr Rob Collins, Lecturer, Material Culture of the Northern Frontier at Newcastle University will deliver his talk 'The Late Cavalry of Hadrian's Wall' exploring the evidence for mounted soldiers in the fourth century and after.

Guided tours of the exhibition, with exhibition curator Tim Padley will be available from 11am.


Other spectacular events and remarkable exhibitions are taking place at 10 attractions across Hadrain's Wall including:

Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum
Housesteads Roman Fort and Museum
Roman Vindolanda
Roman Army Museum
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery
Senhouse Roman Museum

For further details of exhibitions visit www.hadrianswallcountry.co.uk

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Contact Us

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust.
Castle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP

Tel: 01228 618718
E-Mail: enquiries@tulliehouse.org

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