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.

Bill Griffiths, Head of Programmes from Tyne and Wear Museums, will chair the afternoon and provide an introduction to the Hadrian's Cavalry wall-wide exhibition and events.

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.' This paper discusses the categories and functions of cavalry employed in the Roman imperial period based on the surviving literary texts, principally technical manuals; the depictions of horsemen in contemporary art; and the evidence of artefacts. Northern European, Asiatic, Levantine and African cavalry cultures will be reviewed for their contributions to Rome's mounted forces, and their manifestations among the enemies faced by Roman 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 in Material Culture of the Northern Frontier at Newcastle University will deliver his talk 'The Late Cavalry of Hadrian's Wall'. 2017 marks the celebration of Hadrian's Cavalry along the Wall, when the Wall was new and the troops were fresh to Britain. But what about the cavalry of the late Roman Wall? This lecture will explore 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.

Price information: 

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

To book your ticket call our Box Office on 01228 618700


On: 02 nd September 2017, 1:00 pm