Temporary Exhibitions

There are two temporary exhibition galleries in Tullie House, the main Exhibition Gallery on the first floor and the Special Exhibitions Gallery on the top floor of Old Tullie House.

The Exhibition Gallery is one of the biggest and most attractive contemporary galleries in the region. Since opening, the gallery has established itself as one of the best spaces of its kind in the region and its strategic importance is recognised by all the major funding agencies. The gallery allows Tullie House to bring the works internationally renowned contemporary and fine art to its visitors in high quality exhibitions. The exhibition programme also serves the Carlisle community with exciting family friendly exhibitions and looks to the Tullie House collection to explore local history.

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Old Tullie House

The 'Old House' is based within the original Jacobean house (1689) and is the perfect backdrop for displays from Tullie House's Fine and Decorative Arts collection. Works on display are subject to change to allow us to show different works and preserve the condition of the collection.

Within Old Tullie House are two galleries, the Jacobean staircase and the main staircase. The ground floor George Howard Gallery and first floor Gordon Bottomley Gallery houses an exhibition of the museum’s important collection of works by Pre-Raphaelite artists, their Heirs and related Arts and Crafts Movement textiles, ceramics, metalwork, furniture and costume.

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The Border Galleries

The Border Galleries are on the First Floor of the museum (lift access available). The Galleries explores the history of Carlisle's history as a Border City, from Prehistoric to more modern times. 

Within the Border Galleries you can uncover the secrets of the Norse visitors to Cumbria in Vikings Revealed, explore the deadly world of the Border Reivers and take a look at Carlisle's more recent past by discovering the stories and social history in Carlisle Life.

The 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.

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.

To find out more about The Roman Frontier Gallery click here